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Canard in one, canard in all

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who is accused of being the gatekeeper of the previous administration’s selective justice, was recently proven to be also into releasing and withholding selective information.
Solicitor General Jose Calida’s discovery of the termination of the Ombudsman’s probe on the case filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes in May 2016 accusing then presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of maintaining 11,000 ghost employees exposed the level of political bias guiding Morales.
Morales’ motive in withholding the outcome of the case was also evident since it has a huge bearing on another Trillanes allegations of plunder against Rody which the senator had revived on unexplained wealth and undeclared bank accounts on the President and members of the First Family.
During the 2016 campaign period, Trillanes and Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas accused Duterte and his family of maintaining secret bank accounts.
Trillanes then and now had brandished supposed documents of over P2 billion that purportedly flowed into Duterte’s bank accounts, which he claimed was not declared in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). He also made similar accusations on members of Rody’s family which Rody has repeatedly denied.
Trillanes during the presidential campaigns when he fared miserably in his vice presidential bid termed his ghost employee allegations on Rody as the “smoking gun” since he claimed it could prove to be one of his sources of unexplained wealth.
Calida said he inquired from the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB), through a letter dated Feb. 8, the status of the criminal complaint filed by Trillanes on Rody to which Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang stated that the investigation has already been closed and terminated.
Since Trillanes’ allegations turned out to be a dud, it will unmask his other bogus charges.
Instead of protecting Trillanes and his yellow principals in their pursuit to malign Rody, Morales, Calida said, must be the protector of the people and has the constitutional duty to publicize matters covered by investigations “when the circumstances so warrant and with due prudence.”
Morales is doing a great disservice to the public with the omission since the case involved the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Morales’ complete silence on the result of the probe of the anti-graft body on the Trillanes complaint was in stark contrast to its filing when Calida said a press conference was even conducted.
“Three months after the termination of the case, the public has still no knowledge that the evidence supporting the allegations of Trillanes is without merit,” Calida said.
Calida did not need to state the obvious when he said that Morales’ act may prove that she is coddling the complainant, Senator Trillanes.
Also, Rody had termed all the charges that Trillanes hurled against him as garbage which was only buttressed by the dismissal of the ghost employee allegations.
“His evidence was junked, and because it is junked, it is another word for garbage,” Calida noted.
The most obvious reason for Morales’ silence was that it would pave the way for the termination of the unexplained wealth and undeclared bank accounts probe since Trillanes claimed that keeping the ghost employees was the source of the supposed hidden wealth.
Only Trillanes may have known that the anti-graft probe on his allegations was already terminated since he is now rushing the conduct of a Senate probe on the same canard.
The proving of the tall story that the chief critic of Rody had peddled regarding the ghost employees also necessarily has implications on his other charges including the spectacle of submission of the “crimes against humanity” complaint into which the International Criminal Court (ICC) said it is looking.
The ICC may also have to reassess its move unless it wants to be seen as another victim of con artist Trillanes.


  • ren fuentes

    the eye, senator mr eat bulaga seem to be sitting on the various charges against trillones in his committee. ang tagal na ng mga complaint ni flash gordon and we have not heard any news from senator mr eat bulaga. IS HE CODDLING OR PROTECTING TRILLONES?? JUST SAYING

    ren fuentes Friday, 16 February 2018 11:31 Comment Link
  • The Eye

    When will he be booted out from the Senate? He is just wasting our money.

    The Eye Friday, 16 February 2018 07:20 Comment Link

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