The Office of the Ombudsman can by no means deal with the slay case of 17-year-old pupil Kian Delos Santos.
This is what Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II pressured in response to persistent calls that the case be transferred to the Ombudsman.
“Walang jurisdiction ang Ombudsman kaya’t hindi maaaring dinggin ang preliminary investigation ng Ombudsman ang kasong ito,” stated Aguirre Tuesday (August 29).
Kian’s mother and father, assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), have already filed homicide and torture complaints earlier than the Department of Justice (DOJ) in opposition to the policemen concerned within the killing.
“Puwede lamang hawakan ng Ombudsman ay mag-kaso laban sa public officials with a salary grade of 27 and above na nasa jurisdiction ng Sandiganbayan,” Aguirre defined.
“In this case, the policemen who are named respondents have lower salary grades so the jurisdiction on these cases are with the regional trial courts, not with Sandiganbayan,” he identified.