MANILA, Philippines - The Palace distanced itself from the reported plan of the Ombudsman to file a forfeiture case against former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
“It’s an independent office. When they decide to file, what they would file, it’s all up to the Office of the Ombudsman. We have no say on that matter—even on the concern about the one-year matter, that’s beyond us. We leave it with the Office of the Ombudsman,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
“The Ombudsman is merely fulfilling its mandate. So that’s something that is… They are duty-bound to do if they should find a probable cause to file a forfeiture case against the former Chief Justice,” he added.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier said her office is pursuing a case for forfeiture of assets against Corona. The case comes after the Bureau of Internal Revenue filed 12 counts of tax evasion against Corona, his daughter and son-in-law.
"We have to get certified true copies of documents which we think we need in the final evaluation of our case. So if it is necessary and we conclude it, then we will subject him to preliminary investigation," Morales told ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau.
The Ombudsman said filing of the case may not proceed for now due to the 1-year ban related to the 2013 May election. With a report from Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau