Impeach rap vs Ombudsman to be filed in November

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2017 12:42 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA - Various groups have reset the filing of an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to the resumption of congressional sessions in November.

Lawyer Manuelito Luna said that instead of 3 complaints as initially planned, the groups will file only one complaint.

The complainants are the relatives of the fallen troopers in a botched operation in Maguindanao called the SAF 44, Tanggulang Demokrasya, Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution, Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol, and lawyers Glen Chong and Jacinto Paras.

In a statement, Paras noted that with Congress in recess, lawmakers cannot physically endorse the complaint now.

The complaint will allege selective justice, inordinate delay in the disposition of cases and an alleged conspiracy plot against President Rodrigo Duterte, including disclosures on a pending investigation.

Luna said these will be subsumed in the grounds of betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of Constitution and graft and corruption. He added there are already representatives ready to endorse the complaint.

Recently, Duterte revealed plans to probe the Office of the Ombudsman.

At least 26 lawmakers have expressed their support for the Ombudsman despite the impending filing of the impeachment complaint.