- Ombudsman unfazed by president’s threat to probe it for alleged partiality and corruption
- It said Duterte’s warning apparent retaliation, won’t affect probe on his alleged hidden wealth
- Office also insisted it had documents showing millions in president’s bank accounts
MANILA, Philippines – Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to have it investigated for alleged partiality and corruption, the Office of the Ombudsman said it won’t be “intimidated into stopping its own probe on his alleged hidden wealth.
In a statement, the constitutional body led by Conchita Carpio-Morales described the president’s latest tirade against it as an apparent retaliation for its investigation into his bank accounts. The Ombudsman, however, stressed that such investigation will continue despite Duterte’s remarks.
“The President’s announcement that he intends to create a commission to investigate the Ombudsman appears to have to do with this Office’s on-going investigation into issues that involve him. This Office, nonetheless, shall proceed with the probe, as mandated by the Constitution,” it said.
“If the President has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear,” it added.
At the same time, the office welcomed Duterte’s words and said it is also doing its part to pick out the scalawags among its ranks.
“This Office, all the same, welcomes, as it has always welcomed, efforts to help it cleanse its ranks. Its Internal Affairs Board has, in fact, entrapped and removed Ombudsman officials and employees for various offenses,” it said.
As for the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC)’s claim it has not yet provided a report on Duterte’s transaction history, the Ombudsman insisted it already had the documents showing millions going in and out of his bank accounts.
“As to the documents in its possession, the Office stands by its word,” it said.