‘I’ll answer your charges, you answer mine’: Morales bucks Rody’s resignation dare

Image from Office of the Ombudsman Philippines' Facebook account
  • Ombudsman thumbed down president’s dare to resign amid corruption issue
  • She said she expects them to answer each other’s charges in the proper forum
  • SC chief justice also not willing to step down from post

MANILA, Philippines  –  Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales turned down President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge for her to resign amid their back-and-forth hurling of corruption allegations; saying she won’t be “baited” into abandoning her mandate.

“I will not be baited into abandoning my constitutional duties,” GMA News quoted her as saying. “As public officials we have sworn to uphold the rule of law. We should as well, serve with honor, honesty and decency.”

Duterte had earlier dared Morales and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to resign together with him.

The president has accused the country’s top graftbuster of selective justice and the chief magistrate of corruption amid an ongoing probe into his alleged hidden wealth.

All three officials are removable only by impeachment.

Instead of resigning, however, Morales said she expects Duterte and herself to answer each other’s charges in the proper forum.

“If the President has charges against me, I am prepared to answer them in accordance with existing laws. I expect him to answer the charges against him in the same manner,” she said.

The camp of Sereno have also indicated she will not resign as she has done nothing wrong.

“The Chief Justice will not resign because she has done nothing unlawful, illegal and impeachable,” her spokesman Atty. Josalee Deinla said .

“Gusto niya lang mangyari ay makapagpatuloy siya sa paggampan ng kanyang tungkulin bilang punong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema [All she wants is to continue her work as chief magistrate of the Supreme Court],” she added.