Ombudsman probe into plunder, graft charges vs. Duterte

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Malacañang is unfazed by the Ombudsman’s probe on the plunder and graft issues against President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the principle executive enjoys immunity from match while in office.

“Everybody knows that section of the constitutional mandate of the Ombudsman is to do something on complaints against authorities employees and officials, like the complaint filed by Senator (Antonio) Trillanes (IV) against the president when he was nonetheless mayor of Davao Town,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar stated in a declaration Sunday.

“However, whether this can be a case against the President can be an completely different subject. The President likes immunity while in workplace and the Ombudsman, although she may investigate, cannot self-discipline or remove a seated president,” he added.




On Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said her workplace is gathering information on the plunder complaint against Duterte. She stated the Ombudsman can probe people whether or not they possess immunity to determine if there is misconduct.

Morales had inhibited found in the complaint against Duterte because she actually is an aunt-in-laws of Duterte’s girl, Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte. Sara’s partner Manases Carpio is certainly a boy of the Ombudsman’s brother Lucas Carpio Jr.

In regards to to the opportunity that Duterte will be investigated for the alleged extrajudicial killings associated with his war on drugs, Morales said “everything can be done.”

Trillanes features accused Duterte of hiring a lot more than 11,000 ghost staff members when he was even so mayor of Davao Metropolis. The senator explained metropolis government had spent a lot more than P700 million for the staff members, whom he said, didn’t render services.

Trillanes filed the complaint a number of days before the Might 9 elections, where Duterte won by a good landslide.