Morales: Threats part of the job


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. SENATE POOL PHOTO

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales remains undaunted by the grenade that was left outside her home on Wednesday as she continues to believe that she had not done anything wrong.

Morales also refused to speculate on the motive behind the incident, or whether she thought it was related to the impeachment trial of dismissed Chief Justice Renato Corona.

She said she was unshaken by the incident. “I’m a fatalist. If it’s your time, it’s your time,” she said.

“I know I’m in the embrace of God because I know I have not done anything wrong, I’m not trying to malign people just because they are not your allies,” she added.

Morales’ testimony is thought to have been a key factor in helping the 20 senator-judges convict Corona for failing to declare some of his assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Morales took the stand at the impeachment trial of Corona as a hostile witness for the defense. Her presentation of a report she claimed to have obtained from the Anti-Money Laundering Council detailing the alleged dollar deposits of the Chief Justice was seen to have bolstered the case against him.

Morales said Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo had suggested that she beef up her personal security.

“But you know, those things are part of the risks attendant to the position of the office,” she said.

She said the closed-circuit TV camera system installed in her house was being reviewed. “If there is any security lapse, then we’ll see,” she said.

Morales said her family was doing fine and understood the nature of her job.

Scare tactic

“They’re OK, they’re cool. They know that’s part of the trade, part of the position, part of the office,” she said.

Police investigators said the grenade may have been placed outside Morales’ house to scare her.

“When the grenade was found, the safety pin was still in place, which would mean it would not explode suddenly. It was also placed in a canister,” said Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona, director of the Southern Police District (SPD).

He said security guards found the M-26 hand grenade inside a green plastic canister wrapped in a plastic bag and placed near the perimeter fence of Morales’ house, a few meters from the main gate, at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Also found inside the plastic bag was a receipt from a nearby gasoline station, with the words “Pang densa kay CCM, nagmalakit [sic],” written on it. Police have yet to decipher the message.

Estipona said police have augmented the security detail around the Morales house at 9 Carpio Compound, Soldiers Hills, Putatan, Muntinlupa.

Chief Inspector Giovanni Martinez, head of the Muntinlupa police intelligence unit, said they were reviewing footage from a security camera “but we cannot disclose details at this time.”

Martinez agreed with Estipona that the motive may have been just to scare and not to detonate the grenade.

He said that when he interviewed Morales, she did not mention and could not recall any person or party that might want to harm her.

Many other cases

“However, we are still looking at all possible angles. We have to understand that, aside from her testimony during the impeachment trial, she also handles many cases at the Ombudsman,” Martinez said.

Meanwhile, officials yesterday said the hand grenade found outside Morales’ house could not have come from the arsenals of the police or the military.

Robredo said a check of the records of the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed that the lot number of the M-26 hand grenade was not among the registered weapons of the police.

Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs chief Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, meanwhile, said the military did not have that type of grenade in its inventory. “What we have is the MK2 (grenade), M-61 (grenade) and PRB (blast mine),” he said.

Robredo said the motive for the threat on Morales was still not clear.

“The note that came with it sent a mixed message,” he said.

Robredo said the “CCM” presumably stood for Morales’ initials and “pang-densa” could be a misspelling of “pang-depensa,” or for the defense of Morales.

Robredo said Morales currently had a rotating four-man security team, “which would have to be increased.” With reports from Tetch Torres, DJ Yap and Nathaniel R. Melican

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  • pogi


    • jurbinsky77

      Why don’t you grow up or be a pal and just get lost.

    • Saloi-CDR

      Hoy Pogi…alam namin Pangit ka kaya palitan mo pangalan mo…misnomer yan…

    • jgl414567

      Pangit naman ugali mo!!

  • Constantine

    Don’t worry Ombudsman. We will pray for your safety. The Lord will protect you because you are needed by our country to bring Justice all corrupt people of this country!

  • Patrick


  • rodger66

    Mam Conchita, everybody knows that when you testify against Corona you’ve mentioned 82 accounts turns out only 4…so if you say its a “grenade” actually its only “watusi”…huwag mong apakan at iyan ay puputok ng “ching!chong!chang!….

    • baritonevoice

      The dollar accounts of CJ Corona up to this day have’nt been opened yet.  That’s what he says, but would you still believe CJ Corona after watching him?

      • adam_d_ant

        the waiver was given. ano pa kailangan?

    • D_BystandeR

      Kahit hindi mo sinabi pero alam ko supporter ka ni Thief Justice. Ang hirap sa ‘yo naniwala ka kaagad sa sinabi niyang 4 instead of 82. Baka nakalimutan mo ang sinabi ni Manong Johnny na ‘yong sinabing $10M e kahit $1 lang basta nakuha sa masamang paraan ay pareho lang yon. Ang hirap sa ‘yo masyado kang bookish at very literal ang interpretation mo. Hahaha…

  • Enriquez Molina

    Investigate the Lapid family. We all saw and/or read the news. Lapid’s wife was nabbed by US immigration for undeclared US dollars.

    • D_BystandeR

      Huwag mo ng guluhin pa si Sen. Lapid. Hindi pa nga siya nakaahon sa problema ng kanyang asawa sa Amerika at dagdagan mo pa, ano ka ba? Ang isipin mo ay may nagawa siyang kabutihan at bomoto siya para makumbikto si Thief Justice. Dapat pa  nga magpasalamat ka sa kanyang ginawa, di ba nakita mo kahit mukha siyang inatake ng nerbyos ay nakuha pa niyang magsalita doon sa impeachment para lang sabihin kung bakit siya bomoto para makumbikto si Corona. Dito mo makita na hindi lang best action movie star si Sen. Lapid pero kung kailangan ng bayan ay pwede rin siyang makilahok sa mga gawaing makabayan.

  • Sorry Guys

    How I wish you were our Ombudsman 20 years ago…

    Philippines would have been in a better position close to other corrupt free nations of the world.

    May the mighty angles of our Lord protect you and your family…

    Take care!

  • padrefaura

    hindi sya takot dahil gawa-gawa nya lang yang threat na yan. 
    kung totoong threat sa kanya, dapat initsa sa kanya yung granada na wala nang pin nung may pakana. hindi iniwan na parang basura lang. 

    • D_BystandeR

      Ang hirap sa yo hanggang ngayon ay nandyan ka pa? Manahimik ka na nga dahil talo na si “bossing” mo. Teka muna bakit ba gusto mong pasabugin yong granada? Baka isa kayo sa may mga kaso dyan sa opisina ng ating kagalanggalang na Ombudsman? Huwag kang mainip at hindi tatagal at matawag yong kaso mo. Alam mo namang hindi siya katulad ni Ate Mercy na pinatulog lang ang mga kaso doon sa loob ng closet niya lalo na kung tungkol sa mga kaalyado ni Pandakekak. Hahaha…

  • billygunn23


  • Abu S

    Gawing presidente yan!

  • mekeni62

    come on. this was planted for press release. of course she’ll just shrug it aside.

  • dannylao

    Did you mean K-9 unit instead of K-1 unit. See 6 paragraphs from the bottom.

  • indiosbravos2002

    The more she’ll get fired up filling a case against Coronakots.

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