SOLICITOR General Jose Calida yesterday slammed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for withholding the status of the plunder case filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Office of the Ombudsman had confirmed that the fact-finding on the complaints filed against the President was closed and terminated on Nov. 29, 2017 after the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) declined to provide a report or confirmation on the requested vital data.
Calida was reacting to Morales’ explanation that she inhibited herself from the case and that “fact-finding investigations, under the rules, are generally confidential in nature.”
“Granting that she inhibited during the fact-finding, the case was already ‘closed and terminated’. There’s nothing more to inhibit from,” Calida pointed out in a post on his Twitter account.
The @OmbudsmanPh has the constitutional duty to publicize this matter, as it involves the President of the Republic of the Philippines,” he stressed.
“Now that the case is ‘closed and terminated’, @OmbudsmanPh kept silent,” he lamented.
The criminal complaint against Duterte was filed by Sen. Sonny Trillanes on May 5, 2016. Trillanes accused the President when he was still a mayor of maintaining ghost employees in Davao City that could have funded the latter’s P2.4 billion worth of deposits.