Conchita Morales is new Ombudsman


Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III appointed as Ombudsman retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales.

Aquino announced the appointment during his second state of the nation address on Monday.

“When the new Ombudsman, former Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, takes office, we will have an honest-to-goodness anti-corruption office, not one that condones the corruption and abuses in government,” Aquino said in his speech delievered in Filipino.

“I expect that this year, we will have filed our first major case against the corrupt and their accomplices. And these will be real cases, with strong evidence and clear testimonies, which will lead to the punishment of the guilty,” Aquino said.

It will be recalled that Carpio-Morales administered the oath of office to Aquino when he took over the presidency on June 30, 2010. Aquino requested Carpio-Morales to administer his oath refusing to follow the tradition that the Chief Justice administer his oath because he had opposed the appointment of Chief Justice Renato Corona by then outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Carpio-Morales is 70 years old, eight years younger than her closest rival, former Justice Secretary Artemio Tuquero.

Carpio-Morales voted in favor of the creation of a Truth Commission, which aimed to investigate the Arroyo administration. She withdrew from the Chief Justice race after the retirement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno and dissented on the Supreme Court decision that the judiciary is not covered by the rule against midnight appointments. Carpio-Morales also dissented in the high court’s decision upholding former NEDA chairman Romulo Neri’s invocation of executive privilege in refusing the divulge information on the NBN/ZTE broadband deal. She also voted against the constitutionality of the Mining Act whose passage the Arroyo administration was pushing.

Carpio-Morales’ nomination got the most number of oppositors including former President Arroyo and former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

She was appointed to the Supreme Court on Sept. 3, 2002. In 2000, she was a bar examiner in legal ethics.

She started her career as an assistant attorney at a private law firm from 1968 to 1971. In 1971, she worked as an assistant lawyer at the Department of Justice (DoJ). During the ’80s, she was appointed by the late President Ferdinand Marcos as a trial court judge. She became a Court of Appeals justice in 1994.

She is a cousin of another high court justice, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

Carpio-Morales will serve a full seven-year term at the Office of the Ombudsman.

She took over the post vacated by Merceditas Gutierrez who resigned from office after almost six years as Ombudsman after Congress has voted to push through with the impeachment case filed against her. Her resignation took effect last May 6.

Gutierrez was appointed in 2005 after her predecessor Simeon Marcelo also resigned after a three year stint at the Office of the Ombudsman for health reasons.

Prior to Marcelo was Aniano Desierto who, like Gutierrez, faced impeachment complaints.

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  • hustlergalore

    YES! this is gonna be so much FUN esp. for the former PEKENG PANGULONG ARROYO

  • Edmund

    Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, we the Filipino people hope that during your service as Ombudsman, the corrupt officials will be proven guilty and punished! Let this be the start of the new era!

  • Anonymous

    Good…she’s a good public servant. 

  • Jao Romero

    “Carpio-Morales’ nomination got the most number of oppositors including former President Arroyo and former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.”
    By a man’s enemies we shall know him/her.

    for this reason, I approve of the appointment. dagdagan pa ang voting record nya sa SC, talaga namang mapapabilib ka.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, one great part of PNoy’s 2nd SONA and finally for the first time we may have a real Ombudsman in the name of Ms. Morales!

    Likewise, for the first time PNoy mentioned, though, partly of the time-line as to when we’ll expect to see GMA and her cohorts being arrested if not jailed! Looking forward to prove what they say they’ll do as PNoy was firm and strong in delivering his clear message that his admin is serious about corruption. It was almost embedded in every other sentence of his about an hour SONA!

    Sige nga hintay namin yan Mr. PNoy!

  • ernie

    ombudsman morales is the right person for the job ! good luck mam…

  • Anonymous

    Its time for me to THUMBS UP!! Good Job! This for our new beginning.

  • Anonymous

    Good choice. I hope she brings the plunderers of this nation to jail.

  • Archie

    +1 on this appointment. 

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Ombudslady Mme. Morales! We hope you will live up to the noble expectation of the Pilipino people to put to jail all these people who systematically plundered the country shamelessly that resulted to extreme poverty of our people.

  • hustlergalore

    Madame Morales, meron ka bang facebook? maari ba kitang i-like Like LIKE?

  • hustlergalore

    from hereon out, expect more political persecution ALIBIS and LIES from the ARROYO camp.

    • Francis M

      yeah this is just political persecution. this has absolutely nothing to do with GMA and her minions plundering and corrupting the country in ways that will make even Ferdinand Marcos roll in his (temporary) grave

  • Anonymous

    sana may “bayag” si ginang carpio-morales.
    puede po ba ninyong unahing ipakulong si santiago?

    • Anonymous

      Vinson Fernandez, ang bagong Ombudsman ay babae po so walang BAYAG ikaw naman kahit nga Tumboy ay wala pa ring Bayag

  • hustlergalore

    ayan na! hindi pa nagsisimula sa unang araw sa trabaho si morales. naisugod na sa ospital si GLORIA.

    • Evangeline Jo Kimber

      Talaga? Na-ospital na si Gloria?


        Balita nga, siguro bumaligtad na yung sikmura nya nung nalaman si Carpio-Morales ang bagong ombudsman.    Pumunta daw sa paboritong hospital ng nga magnanakaw.   Sa St. Lukes, 

      • Ruben

        Bakit hindi tinanggihan ng St. Luke’s si Gloria pero tinanggihan nila si Zaldy Ampatuan kaya napilitan pumunta sa Phil. Heart Center?

  • Nate Archibald F

    in fairness, wala sa kalingkingan kay justice conchita carpio-morales sa ganda iyong ombudsman na i-impeach sana, ano nga pangalan noong hinayupak na lintek na mukhang lucifer na iyon.

  • Anonymous

    pagkahabahaba ng prosesyon sa simbahan din ang dating. e kung ano ano pa ang pinaggagawa ni pinoy e duon din sa paborito niya ang bagsak.ngayon naiintindihan namin si pandak kung bakit gumawa ng hakbang tungkol sa mga last minute appointments.kung si pinoy ang nasa poder siya rin gagawin ng damuho.all birds of the same feathers flock together.hehehehehe

    • falcon

      they are never the same

  • Anonymous

    and they will never be……    walang katulad si Pandak sa pagiging CORRUPT…..

  • Anonymous

    sensitive job

  • Pedrino Gonzales

    Noy’s payment for administering his oath taking…

  • Roger Lagarde

    this news was like one or two months late… was there ever any doubt that she will not be chosen as Ombudsman?

  • Anonymous

    na ospital c pandak?!?!  sana nman ok lng cya….. para healthy cya pagpasok nya ng kulungan!!!

  • Andrew M. Bautista

    Mabuti naman at hindi si Iglesia Ni Cristo member Artemio Tuquero ang napili.
    Iglesia Ni Cristo is a strong ally of Gloria Arroyo.
    Sana nga makulong na si Gloria Arroyo at mga alipores niya with the new Ombudsman.

    I feel sorry for INC for supporting former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

  • Anonymous

    no wonder gloria was rushed to st. lukes, she and her cohorts opposed her appointment baka kinkakabahan na.

    • honest ordinary pinoy

      hahaha, i agree….

  • Ruben

    Expect retaliation from INC at Pnoy for not picking Tuquero.

    • Tito Bobot

      Why you need to do that? Because your choice was not pick then you want to retaliate? We choose the best not the blood relationship. How pity you have this “mosquito” mentality. 

    • Anonymous

      Ruben, I wouldn’t be surprised. After all, INC had their dark past. Just search in Google: “People vs Abella” This just shows that PNoy is independent minded.

  • Anonymous

    Quite expectant to see her work and get justice delivered.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck Ombudswoman. Tamaan na ng kidlat ang dapat tamaan.


    NAPAKAGANDANG BALITA at isang bangongot sa nga magnanakaw, yung iba dyan napapunta na sa St. Lukes ( yan kasi ang santong hospital ng nga magnanakaw)   go ! go! madam ombudsman.

    Majority ng pilipino ay nasa likod ninyo.   yehey.    At kami ay naniniwala sa inyong integrity.

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  • Anonymous

    Wise choice PNoy, God bless & grant C_Carpio the grit to go after those heinously corrupt officials!

  • Guest

    At least she showed impartiality during the time of GMA’s presidency.

  • Anonymous

    tapos na maliligayang pasko…pede na lamayan yan mga magnanakaw

  • mangdo

    Madam,,,,,, we expect so much from you and we support you and congratulations,,,,,mabuhay po kayo…

  • Anonymous

    Good luck and God bless Madam Carpio-Morales, i hope you live up to the expectation of most Filipinos… this is a good news to St. Luke malamang dadami ang maging parakyano nila. 

  • Anonymous

    You’re the man, Madam Carpio-Morales! God bless.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations!  Hope you will not end up as a tool of Aquino.  Don’t make yourself a victim of “utang na loob” Ombud!  Just remember, you are there to exact justice for the Filipino people –  not a “zombie” who can be manipulated to suit somebody else’s whims and caprices.

    • Anonymous

      I hope Madam Carpio-Morales would do her job as ombudsman by not sitting on the cases due to her old age….Madam Merci sat because she got lazy and no sense of propriety….

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Ms. Conchita Carpio Morales.  We wish you success in your work as ombudsman.  We hope whatever evidence (s)  the former ombudsman sat on for years, you will be able to unfold in due course so people who abused the treasury can be made to account for their misdeeds.

  • ed0408

    Now, the Philippines is really getting better. I’m proud again to be a Filipino. We will catch-up economically with our neighbors 5 years from now. Let’s help rebuild our nation by doing what is good for us all. Great choice! Go go go go Madam Ombudsman! 

  • John Rambo

    How I wish there is a way we could review the performance of this ex-justice of SC as ponente in labor cases. This new Ombudsman is a FLIP-PLOP who considers two very similar cases in two opposing views defying the principle of stari decicis. Worst, when you find that she wrote the two opposing decisions on same facts. BAKIT KAYA?………..Well, your guess is as good as mine. Alam ko ito kasi biktima ako ng gang nito. Condolence to the office of the Ombudsman.

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