SolGen tells Ombudsman to publicize probe result on Duterte

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2018 11:07 AM

MANILA - Solicitor General Jose Calida reminded Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales that it is her Constitutional duty to divulge to the public the termination of the probe on the supposed unexplained wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family.

In a series of tweets, Calida responded to Morales who reasoned out in a statement released Thursday that the fact-finding investigation conducted on the President was highly confidential.

It was Calida earlier this week who revealed the letter signed by Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang that the probe was already “closed and terminated” last November 29, 2017.

“The Ombudsman has the constitutional duty to publicize this matter, as it involves the President of the Republic of the Philippines,” Calida said via Twitter.

The statement of Morales came 2 days after the press conference of Calida held Tuesday wherein he bared to the media a letter signed Carandang.

“It is only when the cat is out of the bag that the Ombudsman confirmed the termination. I thought it was confidential? Why the sudden change of heart?” Calida said.

Calida also noted that Morales announced the probe when it was still being conducted but kept quiet towards the end.

“Last September 2017, the Ombudsman broadcasted that a fact-finding probe was being conducted. Now that the case is 'closed and terminated', the Ombudsman kept silent,” Calida said.

Calida also did not buy the statement of Morales who reiterated that she inhibited from the proceedings.

“Granting that she inhibited during the fact-finding, the case was already 'closed and terminated.' There’s nothing to inhibit from,”

Calida however was silent on the swipe of the Ombudsman on the supposed recognition of Carandang as the Overall Deputy Ombudsman.

Carandang was ordered suspended by Malacanan for supposedly disclosing false information on the President’s finances, but the implementation of the order was refused by Morales citing the independence of her office.