Ombudsman on EJK probe vs. Duterte: There are many possibilities

 Ombudsman on EJK probe vs. Duterte: There are many possibilities


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Friday night hinted at the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte being investigated on alleged extrajudicial killings.

“We don’t discount any possibility that we’ll spare him or indict him. We are talking about possibilities. There are many possibilities,” Morales said in an interview during the UP College of Law reunion in Makati City when asked about the possibility of launching an investigation against Duterte on allegations of extrajudicial killings.

Morales also said that the Ombudsman may conduct a probe on a person who has immunity from charges “for purposes of determining whether there’s a misconduct.”

She added that if misconduct is proven, “it can be a basis of impeachment if it amounts to the grounds of impeachment under the constitution.”

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar refused to comment on the Ombudsman’s statements.

Morales had stated that she would inhibit from cases involving Duterte as she is the aunt-in-law of Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, married to Atty. Manases Carpio, the Ombudsman’s nephew.

Duterte has a pending plunder case with the Office of the Ombudsman filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV before the May 9, 2016 elections.

The senator accused Duterte of having ghost employees in the Davao City government’s payroll during his term as mayor.

Even after Duterte was seen as a clear winner of the presidential election, Morales said her office would continue its probe in connection with the case filed by Trillanes.

In her speech during the reunion, Morales spoke out against extrajudicial killings.

She said the country is going through “dark times” and needs to go back to basics and look to two of the Ten Commandments, including Thou Shall Not Kill and Thou Shall Not Steal.

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