Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cong. Suarez asks why Ombudsman never filed charges vs. LP in 6 years

The Office of the Ombudsman had long issued cases of graft and corruption against government officials, but minority leader Danil Suarez questions why does it seem as though barely anyone from the Liberal Party (LP) was charged.

Add to that the fact that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III, one of the key figures from the Yellows.

"Wala bang kasalanang ginawa for the last six years ang mga Liberal?" Suarez asked during the plenary consideration for the Ombudsman's P2.5-billion proposed budget for 2018.

To that, Oriental Mindoro Representative Salvador Leachon listed down the high-ranking officials involved in the pork barrel scam and it turns out only one is from LP.

"(The) Ombudsman would not look for any party involved. Under the law regardless of the position power, regardless of the memory you have imprinted on the minds of Filipinos, regardless of family affiliations, anything, when there is violation, corresponding charge, you will be dealt with in accordance with the law," Leachon defended.

"Upon finding of probable cause, the case will be disposed and it is upon the Sandiganbayan to issue a warrant of arrest. That is the mandate of procedure," he added.

However, Suarez said that the Ombudsman took note of Suarez’s comments and will consider it as the case unfurls.

Despite the explanation, Suarez kept questioning why several members of the LP who were caught or suspected of corruption never had cases filed against them.

"Bakit walang fina-file na kaso yung mga dating nakaupo ng nakaraang anim na taon? Alam namin na ang mga finile... marami pa nga plunder e," he said.

Leachon can only promise that the disposal of the cases will be done as objectively as possible.

"We are definitely assured that they will dispose the cases without biases, without prejudice or referring to party affiliation. Rest assured that the cases will be resolved the soonest time possible before she retires,” Leachon said.


Source: GMA News

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