Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales welcomed the submitting of any impeachment grievance in opposition to her for refusing the file charges in opposition to former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“They can file an impeachment complaint,” mentioned Morales throughout an interview over CNN Philippines Monday (Apri 24).
“I’m not going to be coerced into filing a case against someone, when I believe the evidence does not call for it,” she insisted.
Morales has been threatened with impeachment by her critics for clearing Aquino of involvement within the P72-billion Development Acceleration Program (DAP) which had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
“If that is intended to scare me into filing a case against Aquino, even if the evidence does not warrant, I’m sorry to disappoint them,” she mentioned.
Last March 28, the Supreme Court (SC) threw out the disbarment grievance filed by pissed off Senator Greco Belgica in opposition to Morales for lack of benefit.
Citing previous rulings over comparable complaints, the SC identified that “a public officer who under the Constitution is required to be a member of the Bar as a qualification for the office held by him/her and who may be removed from office only by impeachment cannot be charged with disbarment during the incumbency of the public officer.”
“Under the 1987 Constitution, the Ombudsman is part of the short list of public officers who may be removed only by impeachment,” the SC indicated.
Belgica mentioned Morales must be disbarred for having absolved Aquino from the DAP controversy.