Morales: Go ahead, sue me
In the same way that she did not fear impeachment, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said Friday she was ready for any criminal complaint that would be filed against her in connection with her stint as the country’s top graft-buster.
“Since I’m already outside the government, the government desists to have jurisdiction over me. But that is not to say that criminal complaints can’t still be filed against me,” she said in a media briefing.
“And I’m not surprised if they do. But as I said, I am ready,” she added.
Morales has just finished her seven-year term on Thursday but she was already showing readiness to fend off cases that will be filed against her.
“So many things are possible so I will not be surprised if someone will file a complaint against me for reasons only known to them,” she said.
Morales, who earned the ire of President Duterte for her comments on his administration’s bloody war on drugs, was threatened with impeachment when she was still the Ombudsman.
But an impeachment complaint against her found no supporters at the House of Representatives.
“I never feared impeachment,” she said when asked how she prepared for a possible impeachment. “In fact, I welcomed it to allow me to disprove whatever they thought was violative of the Constitution or violative of the grounds for impeachment.
Morales admitted that she already contacted a lawyer when a complaint was lodged in Congress.
“I already collected documentary evidence to prove and disprove what they were saying against me was not true. Unfortunately, for them and unfortunately for me, no one endorsed the complaint,” she said.
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