No endorsers yet though: VACC files impeachment case vs. Ombudsman

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  • VACC finally filed impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales
  • They accused her of betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption
  • No legislators have endorsed the complaint however

MANILA, Philippines – True to their word, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) have finally filed their impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

At the spearhead of several other groups and individuals, the VACC submitted their complaint at the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The petitioners included former Negros Oriental congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras, VACC’s Martin Diño and Manuelito Luna, Tanggulang Demokrasya Inc.’s Evelyn Kilayko and Teresita Baltazar, Vanguard of Philippine Constitution Inc.’s Eligio Mallari, Al Vitangcol III, Juan Rana, former solon Glenn Chong, and kin of the 44 Special Action Force personnel who were k****d in the 2015 Mamasapano clash.

According to the complainants, Morales is liable for her alleged role in the release of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family’s bank account records and partiality towards several current and former government officials.

The groups acknowledged that they have yet to have endorsers for the complaint.

At least one member of the House of Representatives must endorse an impeachment rap for it to be considered formally lodged.

Morales had previously been threatened with impeachment for supposedly favoring members of the past administration.

She has also notably clashed with Duterte on several issues, including over allegations of extrajudicial killings committed by security forces and his unexplained wealth.

A retired justice, Morales had shrugged off the threats, saying she was prepared to meet any complaint against her head-on.

One other high official, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, is currently facing an impeachment complaint of her own at the House.