ANTIPOLO City Rep. Romeo Acop and Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin yesterday reiterated their call for Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente to boost President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s war against drugs by conducting a fact-finding probe on public officials allegedly involved in the deadly and illegal trade.
Acop and Garbin pressed the Office of the Ombudsman to use its motu proprio power to investigate the concerned public officials who are reportedly behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
Acop, House committee on public order and safety chair, said the Office of the Ombudsman should use its motu proprio power to give more teeth to President Duterte’s anti-drug war campaign.
“The Office of the Ombudsman has that power (motu proprio) under the law creating it. It can even act on anonymous complaints against public officials. There is a process that it observes,” said Acop, a lawyer and ex-police general who served as comptroller during the time of then Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, now a three-term senator.
Garbin, a member of the House minority bloc, said the anti-graft body should do its job by running after public officials who are alleged protectors of drug syndicates as their contribution to support President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s war on drugs in the country.
Garbin, a lawyer, said Carpio-Morales should conduct a motu proprio investigation to help curb the drug menace and ensure that public officials who may have been involved in the nefarious drug trade will face justice.
“Being a constitutional body and a watchdog (Ombudsman) na tumitingin sa accountable public officials natin, dapat kumilos rin sila motu proprio even without a benefit of a complaint from somebody. The Ombudsman should conduct the probe immediately given the magnitude of the drug problem. Dapat lahat at hindi lamang graft and corruption,” said Garbin.