Carpio-Morales too close to PNoy, 2 analysts say

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2011 10:34 PM | Updated as of Jun 15 2011 03:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Two political analysts on Tuesday gave their opinions on potential problems if retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales is appointed Ombudsman by President Benigno Aquino III.

In a text message, political analyst Malou Tiquia said Carpio-Morales as Ombudsman presents 2 problems.

" A retired justice from SC, though having experience, may not be what we need now. A Carpio-Morales appointment highlights two problems; a retired SC justice arguing before Sandiganbayan and a potential conflict with a 'favored' law firm," she said.

Prof. Prospero de Vera of the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) echoed a similar opinion.

“It would be best if the next Ombudsman would not be perceived in any way to be connected or favored by the President so that he/she would be perceived to be neutral and be given the benefit of the doubt by the public when he/she goes after corrupt officials," he said.

De Vera and Tiquia both recognized Carpio-Morales' background but stressed that the Ombudsman post may not be suited for the retiring justice.

“The position of the Ombudsman is too important in the fight against the plague of corruption to be given as a reward to anyone," de Vera said.

Tiquia said: “We need a young, dynamic individual to be Ombudsman. We need a fresh start in the Ombudsman where the institution will truly be the vanguard of the people against corrupt public officials.”

Carpio-Morales’ nomination had been previously opposed formally by former President and now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her former Justice Secretary, Raul Gonzales.

Sen. Miriam Santiago and former Ombudsman Aniano Desierto have also made their points against Carpio-Morales.

Carpio-Morales is said to be the favored choice of President Aquino, who is said to be impressed with her independence.

Carpio-Morales was one of those who voted against upholding Arroyo’s power to name the chief justice during the midnight appointments ban in the 2010 elections.

Aquino chose her to administer his oath of office last year.