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SolGen quizzes ombudsman's excuses

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Saturday slammed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for claiming that the termination of the case against President Rodrigo Duterte was due to the refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to provide a report or confirmation on the requested vital data.

In a statement, Calida noted that last October, the Ombudsman publicly claimed the documents in their possession are from the AMLC.

“Now, the Ombudsman claims that the termination of the case is due to the AMLC’s refusal to provide a report or confirmation. Which is which?” Calida asked.

He also belied the Ombudsman’s claim that the probe was confidential in nature.

According to the Solicitor General, the Ombudsman announced that a fact-finding probe was being conducted on the President last September.

“Now that the case is ‘closed and terminated’, the Ombudsman kept silent,” Calida said.

Granting that Morales inhibited during the fact-finding, Calida said the case was already shut.

“There’s nothing more to inhibit from,” he stressed, refuting the Ombudsman’s pronouncement that she only knew of the termination on Jan. 29 as she inhibited from the case.

He said the Ombudsman has the constitutional duty to publicize this matter, as it involves the President.

 “It is only when the cat is out of the bag that the Ombudsman confirmed the termination. I thought it was confidential? Why the sudden change of heart?” he said.

On Thursday, the Ombudsman confirmed the probe stemming from Senator Antonio Trillanes’ plunder complaint against Duterte had been terminated in November last year.

The confirmation was days after Calida held a press conference to announce the termination, and to denounce the Ombudsman’s move for keeping it secret.

Calida only learned about the end of the probe this month after he wrote the Ombudsman about it.

Topics: AMLC
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