Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Wednesday said she may join politics if provoked, while the opposition said they would welcome her and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno if they chose to run for office.
In an interview on ABS-CBN, Morales, who is about to retire on July 26, said she may seek an elective post if sufficiently provoked to fight corruption or may join or head a non-government organization.
Earlier, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said Morales and Sereno were welcome to be part of the opposition’s coalition’s senatorial lineup for the 2019 mid-term elections.
Morales said there were people trying to convince her to run for senator, and that she has not really turned them down.
“I said, please allow me breathing space. I need at least three months to fix my things. My records from DoJ [Department of Justice] to RTC [regional trial court] to CA [Court of Appeals] to SC [Supreme Court] are still bundled,” she said.
“I need time to unbundle them and sort them out and classify what should be discarded and preserved for posterity.”
Doors may be closed, “but the windows are open,” she said.