Ombudsman courts 'constitutional crisis' by defying Palace: Solicitor General

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 02 2018 01:01 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2018 11:38 PM

Ombudsman courts 'constitutional crisis' by defying Palace: Solicitor General 1
Solicitor General Jose Calida and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Composite File Photo

MANILA - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales could start a "constitutional crisis" if she continues to defy Malacañang's suspension of her deputy, the government's top lawyer said Friday.

Morales could even be charged if she insists that President Rodrigo Duterte has no authority to suspend Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang, Solicitor General Jose Calida said.

"She is moving towards a constitutional crisis if that is her position. We are ready to defend the actions of the office of the president," Calida said.

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"We can even file a case against the Ombudsman for coddling this Carandang. I will not telegraph my punches," he said.

Morales on Wednesday said the Palace's move breached her office's independence.

Charges have been filed by the Palace against Carandang for grave misconduct and grave dishonesty for his supposed illegal disclosure of the President's bank accounts.