(UPDATED) The political party of former president Benigno Aquino III comes to his defense after the Office of the Ombudsman filed charges against him at the Sandiganbayan over the botched Mamasapano operations
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(UPDATED) The former president is facing charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015
VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino
Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration
According to the Alternative Law Groups, 'These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust...and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again'
(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
Now we understand why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. He is in panic.
The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte cannot serve as a special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings as it 'violates the constitutional role of the House of Representatives to act as sole prosecutors in impeachment cases’
Duterte’s sense of insecurity would seem more typically manifest in his attacks on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court justice herself. He has threatened them both with impeachment.
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Bingbong Crisologo, who belongs to PDP-LABAN, uses the same Caloocan-based NGO that caused the indictments of former Caloocan representatives
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(UPDATED) 'We will file an impeachment case against her,' President Rodrigo Duterte says as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth
'They are destabilizing the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, and we will not let that happen,' says Solicitor General Calida
The President does not have real immunity from criminal prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity penalized under Republic Act 9851
The provision granting the President the power to remove a Deputy Ombudsman was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2014
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'What all this confirms is that there is indeed a deliberate effort to discredit the President, to mislead the public, and to create popular outrage against the duly elected chief executive,' says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella
The investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's wealth continues
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Worried by the growing opposition, Duterte may, in fact, miscalculate and declare martial law, which may temporarily slow his regime’s descent into crisis but actually accelerate it in the medium-term
Carandang issues the statement in the face of threats of cases to be filed against him for breaching confidentiality in investigating the wealth of the President and his family
Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional offices like the Ombudsman were created to stop from happening again abuses under the Marcos regime
(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte says evidence against him is 'illegally obtained'
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon calls for a 'ceasefire' and says only Congress has jurisdiction over impeachable officials
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Amid threats from President Rodrigo Duterte, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales maintains that her office will look into his bank accounts
The call comes as President Rodrigo Duterte announces that he plans to set up an independent body to investigate corruption in the Office of the Ombudsman
'If we cannot agree with each other, then let us decide to submit it to the Armed Forces kasi magkagulo tayo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
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'The constitutionally-guaranteed independence of the Office of the Ombudsman will be imperiled by any investigation, much more a partisan inquiry, exerting interference and pressure on the Ombudsman,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman
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'If the President has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear,' says the Office of the Ombudsman
Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is the Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development – the implementing agency of her alleged ghost projects
It is a 'key institutional mechanism to combat corruption and promote accountability and ethical standards in public service,' says the Office of the Ombudsman
(UPDATED) The Ombudsman now has a copy of bank records from the AMLC which, according to the Overall Deputy Ombudsman, 'more or less' look like the documents submitted by Trillanes
Also indicted is former Social Welfare secretary Esperanza Cabral for facilitating the anomalous transaction
The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file graft charges against Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr for having financial interest in the government's deal with Tagum Agricultural Development Company
The Ombudsman also indicts former Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava II, who allegedly connived with the mayor to set up a towing firm that would bag a government contract
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2ND UPDATE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales again junks the complaint for 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against former president Benigno Aquino III
We have opened the Pandora’s box One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country
The anti graft court also affirms the regularity of the Ombudsman s preliminary investigation which is questioned by Binay
Impeachment cannot be used as a tool to persecute or silence perceived political opponents or critics or to subject presidents or other officials to harassment for performing their duties This can never be the intent of the framers of the Constitution
Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong the complainant also says Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim should be impeached