Duterte slams Ombudsman: "It seems Ombudsman has mastered the art of selective justice"

August 29, 2017

On Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was not worthy of a full seven-year term, saying that he was in charge of his office "precarious".

Duterte said to Morales had to give the rest of its predecessor, Merceditas Gutierrez, who resigned from her position in April 2011 days before his impeachment trial.

"But sad to say, recent events show that no less than the Office of the Ombudsman, which is supposedly the embodiment of everything that is just, fair and reasonable, has not exactly lived up to its constitutional mandate," said Duterte of Morales, the aunt of his son-in-law.

"And may I add, your hold to the office is very, very precarious. You are supposed to serve the remaining terms of the guy who resigned, not to a full term. That is very clear under the law. But it has not been questioned until now. I do not know why." Duterte added

"Selective justice"

President Duterte said Morales prevents "selective justice" while Duterte mentioned the cases involving former senators, including Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senator Gringo Honasan.

Duterte added that "slow acting on complaints against 'friendly' but quickly deciding against the disputed 'hostiles'

"It seems that the Office of the Ombudsman has mastered the art of selective justice," the President added.

"The Office of the Ombudsman rightly stresses the importance of ‘due process of law.’ Yet it cannot act on complaints with the ‘cold neutrality of an impartial tribunal,’ which is basically required in ‘due process," he said.

"the remaining months of your incumbency the remaining months of your incumbency be truly reflective of your mandate to do justice to everyone without favour or bias."he said

July nexy year will be Morales' term expire.


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