Quantcast
Latest Stories

Arroyo, ex-DoJ chief oppose Carpio-Morales, Chavez nominations to Ombudsman

By ,
,

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her former justice secretary, Raul Gonzalez, are blocking the nominations of Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez to become the next Ombudsman.

Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative, and Gonzalez submitted their separate opposition letters to the Judicial and Bar Council on Monday, the last day of filing of opposition against nominees to the post vacated by resigned Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

In her two-page opposition letter, Mrs. Arroyo, now Pampanga Congresswoman said, “If appointed Ombudsman, I sincerely believe that Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales would not have the required “independence” and impartiality in resolving cases involving me and my immediate family.”

Arroyo said the creation of the Truth Commission and the efforts to remove Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, which was aborted by her resignation, would make her “a principal target of complaints which would be filed before the Ombudsman.”

Arroyo said that being member of the Supreme Court, Morales always voted in favor of acts or moves to investigate graft and corruption cases allegedly committed during her administration.

“While her views did not generally prevail because the Supreme Court is a collegiate court composed of a Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices, Ombudsman would be acting alone in the performance of his responsibilities,” Arroyo said.

“I trust that the Judicial and Bar Council will have no difficulty identifying applicants who possess the required ‘probity and independence’ to act on cases brought before the Ombudsman, including those against myself, my immediate family and others who served in my administration,” Mrs. Arroyo said.

Morales, who will be retiring from the high court on June 19, had dissented in major Supreme Court rulings favoring Arroyo and her Cabinet members, including the bid of Arroyo’s House allies to prevent the impeachment proceedings against Gutierrez.

Morales, who administered President Benigno Aquino III’s oath of office last year, also opposed her colleagues’ decision to grant former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri’s petition excusing him from the congressional inquiries into the anomalous $329-million national broadband network deal with China’s ZTE Corp..

In his letter, Gonzalez pointed out that the Constitution “requires that only a person of probity and independence must be appointed to the position of Ombudsman.”

“Based on my personal knowledge and observation, the aforesaid applicants miserably failed to meet such requirements and, hence, must not be considered for such position,” Gonzalez said.

According to Gonzalez, he once investigated Chavez for buying firearms using public funds for his own personal use when he was still the Tanodbayan during the incumbency of the late President Corazon Aquino.

He said that Chavez at the time was the solicitor general and was frequenting Switzerland to help the government recover the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth.

“However, due to the fact that I was suspended by the Supreme Court, which forced me to leave office, I was not able to pursue my investigation of Chavez,” Gonzalez said.

He also claimed that Chavez was facing disbarment cases before the Commission on Bar Discipline of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines which “should make him unfit to become the next Ombudsman whose probity, integrity and morality must be beyond question.”

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has recently scheduled the public interview of the 27 candidates to the Ombudsman post, which was vacated by Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez when she resigned last May 6. Morales is scheduled for interview on June 23.

Aside from Morales and Chavez, other candidates include Judge Alfredo D. Agawa, Judge Philip A. Aguinaldo, former Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Pelagio S. Apostol, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Leah T. Armamento, and Atty. Procopio S. Beltran, Jr., Atty. Emmanuel P. Bonoan, former DOJ Undersecretary Jose C. Calida, Atty. Howard M. Calleja, Atty. Felix D. Carao, Jr., Overall Deputy Ombudsman Orlando C. Casimiro, Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, Atty. Donato T. Faylona, and Atty. Ernesto B. Francisco, Jr., Atty. Raymundo T. Francisco, Atty. Catalino A. Generillo, Jr., Court of Appeals Justice Portia A. Hormachuelos,

Judge Amelia T. Infante, Atty. Francis H. Jardeleza, and Atty. Marlon J. Manuel, Atty. Gerard A. Mosquera, Judge Divinagracia B. Ongkeko, Atty. Renan E. Ramos, former Ambassador and National Labor Relations Commission chair Roy V. Señeres, former JBC member Artemio G. Tuquero, and Florecio O. Villarin.

On July 4, the JBC is set to vote on the shortlist and prepare the list of nominees to be submitted to President Benigno C. Aquino III. Pursuant to Section 9, Article XI of the 1987 Constitution, “The Ombudsman shall be appointed by the President from a list of three nominees…” Section 9 also provides that President Aquino has until August 6, or “three months after (the vacancy) occur(s),” to choose.

Under Section 8 (3), RA 6770, “In case of vacancy in the Office of the Ombudsman due to… resignation…. the Overall Deputy shall serve as Acting Ombudsman in a concurrent capacity until a new Ombudsman shall have been appointed for a full term.”


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Conchita Carpio-Morales , Department of Justice , DoJ , Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo , Government , law and justice , news , Ombudsman , Politics , Raul Gonzalez




To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  6. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  7. Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  8. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  9. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  10. DOJ orders arrest of Cedric Lee
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
Advertisement

News

  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing in ferry sinking
  • Sports

  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement