Ombudsman has ‘material data’ on CJ dollars

Posted at May 14 2012 03:53 PM | Updated as of May 14 2012 11:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Monday said her office has “material and relevant data” on allegations that Chief Justice Renato Corona has $10 million in dollar deposits.

Morales said she asked the help of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to investigate allegations that Chief Justice Renato Corona owned dollar accounts, based on 3 complaints filed before her office.

“I was able to get data showing that are at least material and relevant to the 3 complaints filed, at least to the first complaint,” she said.

She said her office conducted a fact-finding investigation on the dollar deposits because it is her mandate.

“That is my mandate. I am mandated by law to investigate and I investigate the respondents. That does not make me an adverse person. I have to discharge my mandate,” she said.

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