Ombudsman junks Trillanes’ plunder case vs. Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — The Ombudsman has junked the plunder case in opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte, the Solicitor Normal mentioned Tuesday.

Sources from the Workplace of the Ombudsman instructed CNN Philippines the investigation ended due to insufficiency of proof and lack of advantage.

This was first revealed by Solicitor Normal Jose Calida in a press briefing. He mentioned Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang despatched him a letter stating that the plunder criticism filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes in opposition to Duterte “was already closed and terminated as early as November 29, 2017.”

“It means there is no evidence to support that complaint,” he mentioned, including that it was junked for lack of advantage.

CNN Philippines obtained a replica of Carandang’s letter to Calida dated February 12.

It said: “Based on the record, the recommendation to terminate the investigation was approved by Deputy Ombudsman Cyril E. Ramos.”

Carandang, nevertheless, refused to grant Calida’s request for a replica of Trillanes’ criticism and its attachments, citing confidentiality.

Calida mentioned he requested the Workplace of the Ombudsman for an replace to the case as the federal government’s high lawyer.

“Because I am the lawyer of the president, I am the lawyer of the Republic, it is my duty to protect my client,” he mentioned.

Calida additionally mentioned he has no clue as to why the Ombudsman didn’t disclose the event to the general public.

On Could 5, 2016, Trillanes filed a plunder criticism in opposition to Duterte, then Davao Metropolis mayor and presidential candidate.

Trillanes, one the President’s staunchest critics, alleged Duterte has ghost workers on the payroll of the Davao Metropolis authorities. Primarily based on the 2015 Fee on Audit (COA) report, there have been 11,000 ghost workers with a funds of P708 million, he mentioned.

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Trillanes alleged that is the supply of Duterte’s hidden wealth, which he supposedly found in his financial institution accounts.

Calida mentioned Trillanes’ claims have been “garbage,” and requested the Senate to not proceed with any probe on Duterte’s wealth.

However Trillanes stood by his claims.

“If what I have is nothing but garbage, then why are they panicking?” he mentioned in an announcement.

He mentioned Duterte ought to lastly signal a waiver to let the Senate open his financial institution accounts.

“If I am wrong in my allegations then I would resign immediately as Senator and voluntarily walk in any jail of his choice,” he added.

The President has refused to signal a waiver however repeatedly denied Trillanes allegations, throwing again accusations that the senator has offshore financial institution accounts.

CNN Philippines‘ Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.

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