Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s declare that she’s not entitled to serve till 2018, when her seven-year time period ends.
Speaking at the sidelines of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards ceremony Thursday (August 31), Morales cited Republic Act 6770 or the Ombudsman Act of 1989 which states that the Ombudsman is entitled to a full, seven-year time period no matter how the workplace was vacated.
“Sinusunod lang namin yung batas na yun,” she mentioned.
Section eight, Paragraph three of RA 6770 states: “In case of vacancy in the Office of the Ombudsman due to death, resignation, removal or permanent disability of the incumbent Ombudsman, the Overall Deputy shall serve as Acting Ombudsman in a concurrent capacity until a new Ombudsman shall have been appointed for a full term.”
In a speech at the oathtaking of latest authorities officers in Malacañang Tuesday (August 29), Duterte mentioned the Ombudsman “has not exactly lived up to its constitutional mandate.”
“And may I add, your hold to the office is very, very precarious. You are supposed to serve the remaining terms of the guy who resigned, not to a full term. That is very clear under the law. But it has not been questioned until now. I do not know why,” he mentioned.
Morales was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2011 following the resignation of Merceditas Gutierrez over allegations she sat on instances being dealt with by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Gutierrez’s seven-year time period was supposed to finish in November 2012.