Chavez pulls out of Ombudsman race

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 27 2011 10:50 AM | Updated as of Jun 27 2011 09:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman candidate and former Solicitor General Frank Chavez personally informed the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) over the weekend that he is withdrawing from the race and pulling out of the selection process.

Chavez told ABS-CBN News that he was "prevailed upon by his family over the weekend."

"They don't want me to go through the stress and strain that go with the job [as Ombudsman]," he said.

Chavez said his family does not want him to have more enemies in the next 7 years, if chosen to head the anti-graft office.

"They also told me I should just give way for younger, equally qualified candidates," he said.

Chavez said he chose to appear before the JBC today, thinking his oppositor, former Department of Justice (DOJ) chief Raul Gonzalez would be there for his public interview to expound on his claim Chavez should not be a nominee because of an issue involving the purchase of firearms by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) during Chavez's stint.

"I wanted to face him and show  him that he himself cleared me then [from any irregularity] but he was not there," Chavez said.

Chavez was solicitor general during the Cory Aquino administration.