Why Ombudsman rejects 'Aguinaldo doctrine'

by Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 17 2015 07:37 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2015 03:37 AM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman is asking the Supreme to junk the condonation doctrine, otherwise known as the "Aguinaldo doctrine," because it hampers the fight against corruption.

The doctrine, a legal principle established by the high court in 1959, says that the act of re-electing an local government official is perceived as an act of erasure or condonation of his perceived acts of wrongdoing during his term.

It has also been used as a defense by local officials, including the Binays, against charges of corruption.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also asked the Supreme Court to abandon the doctrine in recent oral arguments at the high court in Baguio.