THE Volunteers against crime and corruption (VACC) has “filed” a “verified but unendorsed” impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Wednesday at the House of Representatives.
The complainants said that while “multitudes” of lawmakers promised to endorse the complaint, no one has signed the complaint.
An impeachment complaint is only deemed officially filed if it is endorsed by a lawmaker.
In the 94-page complaint, the VACC accused Morales of committing culpable violation of the Constitution, treason and bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes and betrayal of public trust.
According to the complainants, Morales committed six impeachable offenses.
VACC chairman Martin Diño said he filed a case against Albay Rep. Jose Salceda regarding his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Salceda tapped Lucas Carpio, a brother of Morales, as his counsel.
Diño said Morales approved the dismissal of the complaint. He accused Morales of giving “unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of her official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.”
The complainants claimed Morales committed betrayal of public trust and corruption when she conspired with her over-all deputy, Arthur Carandang, in “illegally” disclosing confidential information in connection with the alleged bank transactions of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Morales was also accused of sitting on the complaint against former President Benigno Aquino 3rd in connection with the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, as well as the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) cases.
Morales said she will issue a statement once she gets a copy of the complaint.