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Ombudsman, Yellows’attack dog?

November 2, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Yellows’ attack dog?
Ronald Roy — Nov. 2. 2016

Is Madam Conchita Carpio-Morales unfit for the exalted position of Ombudsman? It’s sad that the investigating office she holds has to now suffer the indignity of being regarded as what it primarily ought not to be — biased.

Even more unfortunate is that she doesn’t seem to care that people know that: as their Ombudsman, first and last, she must regard the concept of justice as the raison d’ etre of her office’s mandate. And to think she was once an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court!

Beholden to Aquino?
Appointed Ombudsman in 2012 by Pres. Noynoy Aquino, it’s easy to see who butters her bread in an Asian society of utang na loob; and the apprehension of many grows as she seems too eager to prove she is an effective attack dog in deflecting threats to her benefactor in particular, and the Yellows in general.

Expectedly, opposition bigwigs Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and erstwhile top senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla were the first to be jailed, courtesy of Morales, for having allegedly received kickbacks related to the unconstitutional operations of the Priority Assistance Development Fund.

And, to this day, it boggles the minds of countless legalists that she refuses to probe — she may do so motu propio — the two most indictable mastermind-culprits of the said PDAF felonies: former Pres. Aquino and erstwhile Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

Aiding SDe5
And as if this weren’t enough, Morales publicly announced that, in the investigation by the senate committee on justice, she “found no leads” to support a case against her fellow attack dog, LP Sen. Leila de Lima (SDe5), even if the corroborated sworn testimonies of at least nine witnesses were reined against her, and her entire defense consisted of mere general denials and the perjured testimony of a self-confessed murderer.

Morales was under no obligation to make that public statement, but made it anyway to aid fellow Yellow SDe5 and, by doing so, cleverly informed the international press, in effect, that the senator was a victim of an oppressive Filipino president, thereby placing PDu30 in worldwide ignominy and disrepute.

Morales gloated as she publicly declared that her recent receipt of a Ramon Magsaysay Award proved wrong all her detractors who branded her — and continue to do so — as the quintessential harbinger of “selective justice”. Huh??? The RM Award proved her detractors wrong???

Roy, a “marked man” by Aquino
Remember Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila (PLM) Law Dean Jose M. Roy lll (one of the legal counsel of impeachment respondent Chief Justice Renato C. Corona) who held a press conference to expose an alleged bribery by P-Noy to secure the respondent’s conviction at a cost of P50 M each per senator? Roy was slapped the penalty of reprimand by the impeachment court when he refused to identify the recipient-senators because he had been sworn to secrecy by the informant.

Roy got off with the light penalty; but he would become a “marked man” in the popular view that Aquino was a vengeful person. Well, it didn’t take long after this contempt-of-court incident that, on 7 August 2013, the Office of the Ombudsman filed a Complaint against Roy and eight other PLM officials for “grave misconduct”, “conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service”, “gross negligence”, “incompetence”, and “violation of the Gov’t Procurement Reform Act (GPRS).

Any of the cited offenses, if proven with “substantial evidence”, could have meant the imposition of the penalties of “dismissal from the service”, “perpetual disqualification from holding public office” and “forfeiture of retirement benefits”.

CA acquits Roy
However, on appeal/certiorari, the Court of Appeals exonerated the petitioner, Jose M. Roy lll (CA G.R. SP No.144176) over what the Ombudsman saw as an illegal acquisition of a vehicle for official use, albeit he had virtually nothing to do with the procurement process, which was all but done when he assumed the position of PLM’s Acting President, vice PLM President Benjamine G. Tayabas who had resigned.

A request of PLM’s Dean for the purchase of a vehicle was filed in January, 2006, and it was four months later when Roy, having just assumed the post of Acting President, signed the purchase order in good faith on recommendation of the school’s officials. Then it was in August, 2013, curiously after the impeachment trial, that the Ombudsman convicted all of them.

However, only Roy was exonerated by the superior court, thereby raising serious questions on the competence and integrity of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Let us pray for enlightenment.

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