Ombudsman: Not even Aquino allies spared from pork investigation

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Buerau

June 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – “Will that stop you from going after them?” asked Philippine Consul Jamie Ascalon.

The honorable Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales replied, “The answer is a resounding ‘no’”.

Carpio-Morales made this bold statement as she spoke on holding accountable everyone involved in the pork barrel scam at a town hall meeting with the community at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco.

She says the president lets her do her job, and that is to rid the government of corrupt officials even if it means going after the president’s own allies.

“I’m impervious to influence,” said the Ombudsman. “Fortunately for the president he has not influenced me. He has not suggested. He has not indicated directly or indirectly should I decide this case one way or another.”

So far pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has named 20 senators and 100 congressmen as those who received kickbacks from the scam.

Carpio-Morales reiterated that there is probably cause to charge Senators Juan Ponce Erile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada some of the lawmakers first linked to the scandal.

“So when I get to Manila I will look at the cases that remain pending, including the motions of reconsideration filed by the legislatures and their alleged conspirators,” said the Ombudsman. “For as long as we have evidence, testimonial, documentary, physical object – we won’t surmount a challenge. But again, I sound like a broken record, the proceedings in the court are not controlled by the Ombudsman. It’s controlled by the justices or the judges.”

Community leaders say they’re impressed with Carpio-Morales’ unwavering commitment to get to the bottom of things.

“I think it’s good she was reaching out to her fellow Filipinos in Washington D.C., New York, and here,” said attorney Ted Laguatan. “And I think she also learned a lot from her trip because she said it was educational.”

Attorney Rodel Rodis said, “To see her determination to make sure that the Ombudsman is able to do its job to fair out injustice and corruption and to bring people to justice.”

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com for more information

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  • PAWS
    3 June 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    really? di nga Manang, panay pagtatakip n nga ni Panot bago sasabihin mo di mo papalusutin…cge nga

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