VACC files impeachment case vs Ombudsman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2017 06:14 PM

MANILA - Several groups led by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Wednesday filed an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

The groups accused Morales of culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, and betrayal of public trust.

They said Morales violated the Constitution after she colluded with Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang to release the Duterte family's bank transaction information.

The groups also accused Morales of showing bias against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family, and former senators tagged in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, among others who faced complaints before her office.

They also accused Morales of being partial in the case against former President Benigno Aquino III over the 2015 bloody massacre of 44 policemen during an anti-terror raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Morales previously said the then still looming complaint "doesn't matter."

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier dared Morales and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom he accused of working with those who want to oust him from power, to resign with him.

Sereno is currently facing impeachment proceedings. She has said the allegations against her are false.

Duterte earlier blasted Morales for alleged "selective justice" for prioritizing the investigation into his and his family's bank transactions, which allegedly amount to hundreds of millions of pesos.

The President threatened to investigate the anti-graft body for possible corruption, saying he would not submit himself to the investigation being conducted by the office.

Morales, who has inhibited from the case since her nephew, Manases Carpio, is the husband of the President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, has maintained the she has been independent in her decisions and is not biased towards or against anyone. --With reports from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News