Ombudsman disposition, conviction rates dip in 2018

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2019 04:00 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Omudsman had a disposition rate of 44 percent for criminal cases last year with 2,243 over 5,044 cases disposed, while the disposition rate for forfeiture cases was at 23 percent, and 46 percent for administrative cases. 

The 2018 figures were lower than in 2017 when there was a 55 percent disposition rate for criminal cases, 52 percent for forfeiture cases, and 56 percent for administrative cases. 

Last year was a transition year for the Office of the Ombudsman as Conchita Carpio Morales stepped down in July and was replaced by Samuel Martires.

Of the criminal cases disposed,150 landed at the Sandiganbayan, 299 in regular courts, 81 in other courts, 2 referred to other government agencies, and 1,707 were dismissed.

Topping the list of government offices with most number of cases filed before the Sandiganbayan are local government units (LGUs) with 510 informations, followed by the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Coast Guard, House of Representatives, Local Water Utlities Administration, and the Philippine National Police. 

“There are 698 informations filed against high-ranking officials and their cohorts with the Sandiganbayan,” the Office of the Ombudsman said in the infographic uploaded on its website.

The conviction rate of the Ombudsman for 2018 was also lower compared to the 2017 statistics.

The conviction rate for 2018 was at 71 percent with 443 individuals convicted and 184 acquitted.

For 2017, the conviction rate was at 77 percent with 331 convicted and 98 acquitted.

Among the decisions rendered by the Sandiganbayan last year are the acquittal of former Senator Bong Revilla for plunder and the conviction of Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos.