Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has stated she wouldn’t be cowed by talks of a looming impeachment criticism in opposition to her, calling it an try to “scare” her into urgent charges in opposition to former President Benigno Aquino III.
“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. They can go ahead,” Morales stated in an interview with CNN Philippines, her first in three months.
“They can file the impeachment complaint because I’m not going to be coerced into filing a case against someone when I believe the evidence does not call for it,” she stated.
Sought for remark, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption founding chair Dante Jimenez merely quipped: “Is she scared of her own ghost?”
Morales additionally defended her choice to not indict Aquino for usurpation of legislative powers for his position in crafting the Disbursement Acceleration Program, sure budgetary practices of which had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2014.
The Ombudsman in March discovered possible trigger to press charges solely in opposition to his Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. Progressive activists led by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate are at present interesting the decision, noting that it didn’t even clarify why Aquino was being absolved of any legal legal responsibility.
The Ombudsman, nonetheless, careworn that Aquino’s critics ought to have submitted stronger proof to compel her workplace to prosecute him in court docket.
“They want Aquino’s head. If the evidence is there, why should we not file a case?” Morales stated. “But, if the evidence does not merit the determination of probable cause, why should we go to court?”
Morales additionally dismissed the declare that she was shielding Aquino maybe out of gratitude for appointing her in 2011 after her retirement as Supreme Court justice.
“I did not ask for the position. In fact, I was hesitant to accept the position. I wanted the luxury of retirement,” she stated, including that she was sweet-talked into taking up the problem.
She was additionally defiant when requested in regards to the risk that the Sandiganbayan’s successive dismissal of high-profile instances on the grounds of unreasonable investigation delay would be raised in an impeachment case.
“Go ahead! On any ground!” Morales stated, whilst she referred to as her workplace’s efficiency “impressive” and maintained that “we are known for inordinate fastness.”
Morales, who had only in the near past overcome dropping senatorial candidate Greco Belgica’s disbarment criticism that the Supreme Court dismissed in March, stopped wanting speculating if there was a concerted effort to oust her.
“I really don’t know. But if they want it, as I said before, I can give it to them in a silver platter. It’s a thankless job,” Morales stated.
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