Ombudsman did not disclose probe on Pres. Duterte’s wealth already closed and terminated – Calida


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  • Solicitor General Jose Calida said the probe into the President’s alleged ill-gotten wealth has been closed and terminated on November 29, 2017
  • Calida is puzzled why Ombudsman Carpio-Morales did not inform the public about the termination of the probe
  • Calida said the termination meant that the evidence presented by Sen. Trillanes was garbage

Solicitor General Jose Calida said the complaint by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s against President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged unexplained wealth has been closed and terminated by the Office of the Ombudsman since last year.

According to Malaya, Calida sent a letter to the Office of the Ombudsman on February 8, 2018 to ask about the status of its probe on the President’s alleged illegally-amassed wealth and violation of the anti-money laundering laws.

He said he received a reply letter from the Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang on February 12, 2018 that said the probe into Sen. Trillanes’ complaints against the President has been closed and terminated on November 29, 2017.

I received a letter from Carandang stating that the investigation has already been closed and terminated. The recommendation to terminate was approved by Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos on 29 November 2017,” Calida said.

Calida said he is puzzled why Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is silent about the termination f the probe. He said Morales should inform the public about the termination of the investigation after noting that the Ombudsman held a press conference when the case was filed.

“Why are you withholding this information? When this case was filed, a press conference was even conducted. Three months after the termination of the case, the public has still no knowledge that the evidence supporting the allegations of Trillanes is without merit,” Calida said during a press conference on Tuesday, February 13.

Calida said the termination of the probe meant that Sen. Trillanes’ evidence was “garbage.”

 “It speaks for itself. When a case is closed and terminated, it means there was no evidence to support that complaint,” Calida said.

This article has been viewed 174 times. Article originally posted: February 15, 2018, 12:00 am (UTC-0). Last update: February 15, 2018 at 12:04 am (UTC-0).

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