Malacañang respects Ombudsman probe into Paolo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – The Ombudsman's investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's son is part of the agency's job "to ensure public accountability," Malacañang said Wednesday, May 9.
The President's son, resigned Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte, is facing an Ombudsman probe into still-undisclosed matters.
"The Office of the Ombudsman has the power to investigate on its own and initiate proper action against public officers," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We see this as part of the Ombudsman's constitutional mandate to ensure public accountability," Roque added.
While Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales refused to disclose details of Paolo's case, a list obtained by reporters shows 5 docketed cases against him – two for graft, two for administrative offenses, and one for alleged ill-gotten wealth.
Paolo resigned as Davao City vice mayor on December 25, 2017, citing family problems and the issue of the smuggled illegal drugs that implicated him and his brother in law, Manases Carpio.
Manases Carpio is the Ombudsman's nephew.
Morales said she has inhibited from Paolo Duterte's cases. Morales is set to retire in July.
The Office of the Ombudsman on May 2 said it has cleared Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio in the case of the P6.4-billion smuggled shabu, or the illegal drugs known as methamphetamine hydrochloride.
Duterte earlier vowed to resign if any of his children turn out to be involved in corruption. – Rappler.com
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As an added bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.