Rep. Suarez Questions Ombudsman for Not Filing A Case Against LP Members Over the Past Years


Rep. Danilo Suarez, the Minority Leader of the Lower House questioned the Office of the Omdudsman for allegedly not filing a case against members of the Liberal Party over the past years, particularly during the time of the Aquino administration.


Minority Leader Suarez quized Oriental Mindoro Representative Salvador Leachon, the sponsor of the plenary consideration for the Ombudsman's P2.5-billion proposed budget for 2018, on why the anti-graft office have seemingly turning a blind eye on LP officials who commit crimes.

Rep. Suarez listed down senators and congressmen who were charged over their alleged involvement in the controversial pork barrel scam, deemed illegal by the Supreme Court, but pointed out that only one of them was from the Liberal Party.

The congressman was quoted as saying "Wala bang kasalanang ginawa for the last six years ang mga Liberal?" Suarez said.

Rep. Leachon responded by saying that "The Office of the Ombudsman does not consider the party in which a government official is a part of in filing cases.

The Office of the Ombudsman is now headed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III, one of top-honcho of the Liberal Party. Ombudsman Morales will end her term as Ombudsman in mid-2018 after serving for seven years.

"(The) Ombudsman would not look for any party involved. Under the law regardless of the position power, regardless of the memory you have imprinted on the minds of Filipinos, regardless of family affiliations, anything, when there is violation, corresponding charge, you will be dealt with in accordance with the law," Leachon said.

"Upon finding of probable cause, the case will be disposed and it is upon the Sandiganbayan to issue a warrant of arrest. That is the mandate of procedure," he added.

Despite the defense of Rep. Leachon, Rep. Suarez insisted that only one member of the Liberal Party was charged over the past years, all others were "enemies" of the previous administration. Rep. Leachon stated that Suarez's comments will be noted and the cases within the office's jurisdiction would be resolved.

Source: PIA / GMA News


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