People’s protector

September 29, 2018

VARIOUS quarters acknowledge that Ombudsman Samuel Martires is, without doubt, committed to stand by the government’s campaign for honesty, integrity and accountability in public service.

No less than the highly-influential Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) welcomed the commitment of Ombudsman Martires to pursue his core platforms     against graft and corruption.

Philconsa president Martin G. Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession, described Martires as a protector of the Filipino people and defender of the Philippine Constitution.

The United States-educated Romualdez made the statement during Philconsa’s 57th anniversary celebration in Makati City, with Ombudsman Martires as special guest of honor and speaker.

Philconsa is the country’s oldest and respectable association of legal luminaries. Former Court of Appeals Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro is chairman, while ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno is president emeritus.

Philconsa is confident Martires will protect the people against the monstrous and endemic graft and corruption that has infected the entire bureaucracy, according to the three-term Leyte congressman.

After assuming the top post of the Office of the Ombudsman, Martires declared that he would never allow any group or party to use his office as an instrument of political persecution.

A former associate justice of the Supreme Court, he vowed to institute reforms designed to address delays in the disposition of cases and the involvement of some prosecutors in corruption.

When he was a member of Congress, Romualdez, leader of the House Independent Bloc, championed the cause of the Filipino workingman and other members of Philippine society.

In the eyes of the public, our leaders, including President Duterte, Martires, Lazaro, Puno and Romualdez, are in a position to give the Philippines the push it needs even during trying times.