26 solons vow support for Ombudsman amid Duterte ire


Posted at Oct 10 2017 01:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2017 02:07 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales appears at the senate on Monday before the Senate budget hearing for the Office of the Ombudsman. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Twenty-six congressmen have filed a resolution pledging to "preserve and protect the constitutional independence and integrity" of the Office of the Ombudsman, which has angered President Rodrigo Duterte for investigating "fabricated" allegations that he kept hidden wealth

In a statement released Tuesday, the Liberal Party said 21 of the 26 lawmakers that signed House Resolution 1395 belong to their party, including: 

Francis Gerald Abaya, Cavite
Benjie Agarao, Laguna
Vicente Alcala, Quezon
Isagani Amatong, Zamboanga del Norte
Kaka Bag-ao, Dinagat Island

Bolet Banal, Quezon City
Kit Belmonte, Quezon City
Emmanuel Billones, Capiz
Gabriel Bordado, Camarines Sur
Raul Daza, Northern Samar

Raul del Mar, Cebu City
Cheryl Deloso-Montalla, Zambales
Christopher De Venecia, Pangasinan
Edgar Erice, Caloocan
Edcel Lagman, Albay

Jocelyn Limkaichong, Negros Oriental
Miro Quimbo, Marikina
Josephine Ramirez-Sato, Occidental Mindoro
Rene Relampagos, Bohol
Vilma Santos-Recto, Batangas
Edgar Mary Sarmiento, Samar

Other signatories included representatives Ma. Lourdes Acosta-Alba of Bukidnon, Tom Villarin of Akbayan, Strike Revilla of Cavite, Lawrence Fortun of Agusan del Norte and Rav Rocamora of Siquijor, said LP. 

Their resolution stressed that the Ombudsman was created under the 1987 Constitution to act as an independent body "to serve as protectors of the people against inept, abusive, and corrupt in government."

"The framers of the Constitution intended that these independent bodies be insulated from political pressure to the extent that the absence of independence would result in the impairment of their core functions to shield it from the pressures and influence of officialdom and partisan politics and from fear of external reprisal,” it read. 

Duterte recently threatened to file an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for allegedly being involved in a "conspiracy" to remove him from office. 

The President also said he is planning to create a commission that would investigate alleged anomalies at the Office of the Ombudsman. 

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has also said it will seek the impeachment of Morales.