outbrain
Close  

SC junks disbarment case vs Ombudsman Morales

/ 01:20 PM March 28, 2017
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. PHOTO by Gianna Francesca Catolico/INQUIRER.net

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. PHOTO by Gianna Francesca Catolico/INQUIRER.net

(Updated, 2:55 p.m.) The Supreme Court has dismissed outright the disbarment case filed against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

During Tuesday’s en banc, SC decided to dismiss the disbarment complaint for lack of merit.

ADVERTISEMENT

The high court noted that in the cases of Lecaroz v. Sandiganbayan (G.R. No. 56384 March 22, 1984), Cuenco v. Fernan (A.M. No. 3135 Feb. 17, 1988), Re: Raul M. Gonzales (A.M. No. 88-4 5433, April 15, 1988), Jarque v. Desierto (A.C. No. 4509, Dec. 5, 1995), and Lastimosa-Dalawampu v. Deputy Ombudsman Mojica et al. (A.C. No. 4683, Aug. 6, 1997), they repeatedly stated that a member of the Bar who holds office that may only be removed by impeachment cannot be charged with disbarment during his or her incumbency.

“The Ombudsman is part of the short list of public officers who may be removed only by impeachment,” the high court said.

FEATURED STORIES

The complaint was filed by losing senatorial candidate Greco Belgica.

READ: Losing senatorial bet files disbarment case vs Ombudsman

In a 12-page complaint, Belgica, a former Manila city councilor said Morales violated the Lawyer’s Oath and the Canon of Professional Responsibility after she dismissed the graft and technical malversation case against former President Benigno Aquino III in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Belgica said while he was aware that the Ombudsman is an impeachable officer, he was not seeking Morales’ disbarment for now.

But the high court said Belgica’s logic is faulty.

READ: Morales on disbarment bid: Bring it on

“[Belgica’s logic] clearly contravenes the established principle that the Ombudsman, who may be removed from office only by impeachment, cannot be charged with disbarment during her incumbency. IDL

ADVERTISEMENT

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Conchita Carpio-Morales, disbarment, Ombudsman, Supreme Court
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.