If President Duterte is bent on exhibiting Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales the door, he can ask the Office of the Solicitor General (SolGen) to file a case earlier than the court to query her continued discharge of the features of the workplace, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday stated.
Drilon’s “unsolicited advice” to the President in addressing his considerations on Morales’ keep within the Ombudsman is to search a authorized treatment because it entails a authorized issue.
“I would suggest that if the administration is really serous about this legal issue, the matter must be brought to court. The SolGen is the one authorized to file a quo warranto, not every citizen of Tom, Dick and Harry can file a quo warranto case. It has to be the SolGen,” Drilon, former justice secretary and government secretary identified.
Duterte is of the place that Morales is barely supposed to serve the remaining term of her predecessor, Merceditas Gutierrez who resigned from her post in April 2011 as she was then about to face impeachment trial.
Gutierrez was appointed by former Pres. Gloria Arroyo in Dec. 2005 and as such, Morales ought to have served just for one 12 months as the previous’s term would have resulted in 2012.
Morales was appointed by former Pres. Benigno Aquino III in July 2011.
Asked on his place on the issue, Drilon stated it’s apparent that the term of Morales is for a full seven years.
“As distinguished from other constitutional officials where it is expressly stated that the appointee who assumes the unexpired portion of the term will only serve the unexpired portion – the COA (Commission on Appointments), the Comelec (Commission on Elections) for example. There is no such expressed provision on the Office of the Ombudsman,” he additional identified.
“Her term will be finished on July 2018. (So) it doesn’t make sense,” Drilon stated.