Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales
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Ombudsman Martires, shading threshold, Cesar Montano | Evening wRap

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Criminal probe vs Paolo Duterte over his SALN – Morales

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Morales also confirms that Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos is handling the investigation, the same deputy who terminated the bank probe into President Duterte’s alleged ill-gotten wealth

INVESTIGATION. Presidential son Paolo Duterte is the subject of a pending investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman, says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

PCG officers suspended over funds misuse promoted by Duterte

May 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Rear Admiral Athelo Ybañez and Commodore Teotimo Borja Jr are suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales over allegations of misusing P27 million, but they are promoted to higher ranks

PROMOTED. Rear Admiral Athelo Ybañez (left) and Commodore Teotimo Borja Jr (right) are promoted in the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) despite being the subjects of an investigation involving P27 million worth of irregular cash advances. Photo from the PCG Facebook Page

The search for the next Ombudsman

May 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'When all else fails, God forbid, please keep the institution to its minimum standard, nothing below,' Conchita Carpio Morales tells her successor

OMBUDSMAN. Conchita Carpio Morales, the 5th Philippine Ombudsman in history, will retire on July 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is off the hook, eliminating the P366-million intel fund scam which was a highlight in the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

PCSO SCAM. Only the plunder case against former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is pending with the anti-graft court.

LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Informed sources from the judiciary tell Rappler that the list of applicants for the highly coveted Ombudsman spot includes 10 individuals – from private practitioners to long-time judges

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Malacañang respects Ombudsman probe into Paolo Duterte

May 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'We see this as part of the Ombudsman's constitutional mandate to ensure public accountability,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PRESIDENT'S SON. Resigned Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte (left), son of President Rodrigo Duterte (right), faces an investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman. Malacañang file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 9, 2018

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CJ Sereno returns to SC Photo by Maria Tan

Ombudsman is investigating Paolo Duterte – Morales

May 09, 2018 - 9:27 AM

A list shows 5 docketed cases against Paolo Duterte, including one for ill-gotten wealth

Ombudsman probes P60-million DOT-Tulfo controversy

May 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman is looking into the controversy that led to the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

SIBLINGS. Erwin Tulfo, resigned tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Ben Tulfo (L-R) are embroiled in a controversy after the tourism department's P60 million payment for advertisements were paid to the Tulfos' production company, Bitag Media.

CA overturns Ombudsman's dismissal of Junjun Binay in 2015

May 07, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The Court of Appeals says the condonation doctrine still covers former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr in September 2015

Mayor Junjun Binay during a presscon inside their home in Makati. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Ombudsman clears Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio in P6.4-B shabu case

May 02, 2018 - 4:15 PM

A preliminary investigation will proceed against resigned Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other BOC officials

SC: Ombudsman Morales entitled to full 7-year term

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Supreme Court dismisses petitions to remove Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for supposedly overstaying

Ex-Aquino officials Alcala, Petilla face graft charges at Sandiganbayan

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman announces the charges two months before the retirement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies of meting out selective justice or favoring officials of the Aquino administration

Sandiganbayan: Napoles cannot move to a DOJ safehouse

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

'To place Napoles into the custody of the WPP despite being presently under detention for a lawful cause is contrary to the clear and express import of Article IX, Section 1 of the IRR of RA 6891,' says the Sandiganbayan's resolution

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'. In this file photo, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre: Existing Sandiganbayan charges vs Napoles have ‘defects’

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

'It seems that we have discovered defects in the charges in the Sandiganbayan against her. The charges here are plunder, and plunder is a charge against a government official,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre in a mix of English and Filipino

NOT MOST GUILTY. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II believes there is a "most guilty" personality in the pork barrel scam that would qualify Janet Napoles as a state witness.

Ombudsman's case survival rate drops in 2017

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:10 PM

This is the rate that cases reach trial and are not dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence

LAST YEAR. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is set to retire in July 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Garcia rallies House: Stand together vs 'illegal encroachment' of Ombudsman

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The embattled lawmaker says that the Constitution and existing laws not only lack provisions that say the Ombudsman may sanction her, it contains provisions that explicitly make it illegal

EMBATTLED. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia calls on her colleagues in the House to rally against an Ombudsman decision against her. Screenshot from the House livestream

Garcia hits Ombudsman: Dismissal 'leverage' for impeachment case

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The former Cebu governor says the Ombudsman's decision goes beyond the Cebu land deal

Garcia questions 'timing' of dismissal: Ombudsman 'singled me out'

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) While the Ombudsman has tasked House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to implement the dismissal order, it's the House plenary that will ultimately decide

SUSPECT TIMING? Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia (center) questions the Ombudsman's decision to dismiss her from service. File photo from the House of Representatives

Ombudsman dismisses Cebu Congresswoman Gwen Garcia

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sends a copy of the order to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for 'appropriate action'

GOVERNOR'S FAULT? House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screenshot from congress.gov.ph

Alvarez joins 'call' to impeach Ombudsman

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:45 PM

But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he won't be endorsing the impeachment complaint himself

IMPEACH OMBUDSMAN? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Rule of law in a compromised democracy

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs

Calida rehashes Binay issue to defend Carandang suspension

Feb 02, 2018 - 7:49 PM

But are they the same? Not exactly because one involves a doctrine and the other, a statute.

IN DEFENSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida defends Malacañang's suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang despite a Supreme Court ruling taking away the President's power to discipline a Deputy Ombudsman. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

The Carandang conflict: Threat to checks and balances

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'I don’t think the President is comfortable in any notion that anyone can exercise a check on his office,' says constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan

DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales defies Malacañang's order to suspend Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang, the head prober into President Rodrigo Duterte's wealth.

Ombudsman to defy Malacañang order to suspend Carandang

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the order is 'not an inadvertent error but a clear affront to the Supreme Court and an impairment of the constitutionally enshrined independence of the Office of the Ombudsman'

DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

After Carandang, VACC goes after another Deputy Ombudsman

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The complaint is filed before the Office of the President despite an SC ruling declaring the President's power to remove a deputy ombudsman and special prosecutor unconstitutional

FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION? For his suspension and dismissal orders against former governor Roel Degamo, Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Clemente faces a complaint before the Office of the President seeking a disciplinary action against him.

Ombudsman issues 2nd dismissal order vs Iloilo City’s Mabilog

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Mabilog is a subject of a lifestyle check due to accusations from the President that he is linked to the drug trade in Iloilo City

WELCOME. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will greatly contribute to the war on drugs in his city. Photo from Mabilog's Facebook page

10 months since arrest, DOJ still amending case vs De Lima

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The amendments heed the advice of the Supreme Court ruling which also says there is no need to set her free meanwhile

Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017.

Duterte's word war with women

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

How Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have stood up to the President

WOMEN AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte's tough-talking persona meets a match in equally tough-talking women such as the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman.

Morales asks for forgiveness in last Christmas with Ombudsman staff

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Morales makes light of the unendorsed impeachment complaint filed against her

Photo by OMB-PIMRB

The impeachers: Out to get the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Two factors are crucial to both impeachment bids: timing and the inside connections of those seeking to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno and Conchita Carpio Morales

THE IMPEACHERS. Larry Gadon, Jing Paras, Manny Luna and Ferdinand Topacio keep themselves busy with their impeachment cases against the highest officials of the country.

To depict ’mass murder,’ Syjuco uses clip art in dengue vaccine complaint vs Aquino

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Syjuco's complaints uses as exhibits 23 news reports

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

Revilla, Napoles begin move for outright dismissal of plunder cases

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Supreme Court’s main plunderer principle comes into play again, as it is used by both camps to boost their case

PLUNDER CASES. An old photo of Bong Revilla with Janet Lim-Napoles surface after the corruption scandal that got both of them jailed for plunder charges. Photo obtained by Rappler

CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year

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Nov 22, 2017 - 7:44 PM

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Morales vows action on cases by 2018 'unless impeached or convicted'

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales refuses to comment on accusations that their investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records is illegal

TONED DOWN. A more reserved and toned down Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales grants a chance interview to media on November 22, 2017 amid threats of impeachment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Nov 08, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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Ombudsman files charges vs Noynoy Aquino over Mamasapano

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) The former president is facing charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015

President Benigno S. Aquino III honors the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on January 30, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

26 lawmakers urge House to 'preserve, protect' Ombudsman

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawmakers file a resolution seeking support for the Office of the Ombudsman as it looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte

#PugadBaboy: Threat to democracy

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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