The Office of the Ombudsman has ended its investigation on the plunder complaint filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV towards President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a letter addressed to Solicitor General Jose Calida dated February 12, Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang mentioned the advice to terminate the investigation on Duterte was authorized by Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos on November 29 final 12 months.

“In reply to your letter dated 8 February 2018, please be informed that the investigation on the complaint entitled ‘Antonio F. Trillanes IV v. Rodrigo Roa Duterte’ and docketed as FF-M-16-0161 was already closed and terminated,” Carandang mentioned.

The deputy Ombudsman, nonetheless, mentioned it can not give Calida copies of the complaint and attachments as a result of they’re confidential.

Trillanes filed the complaint just a few days earlier than the May 10, 2016 elections, when Duterte was nonetheless mayor of Davao City and a presidential candidate.

He accused Duterte of hiring ghost workers for town authorities, with P700 million being launched for his or her supposed salaries.

The senator cited a Commission on Audit report stating there isn’t any proof that the 11,000 contractual staff that Davao City employed in 2014 rendered providers.