Trillanes plunder case against Duterte, terminated by Ombudsman

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The plunder case filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Rodrigo Duterte has already been closed and terminated, Solicitor Normal Jose Calida stated Tuesday.

Calida was referring to the plunder case filed by Trillanes against Duterte in Might 2016 over allegations of the previous Davao Metropolis mayor’s unexplained wealth and undeclared financial institution accounts.

The Solicitor Normal stated he inquired from the Workplace of the Ombudsman (OMB), by way of a letter dated Feb. eight, the standing of the legal criticism filed by Trillanes on Might 5, 2016 which accused Duterte of sustaining ghost workers in Davao Metropolis that would have funded the latter’s PHP2.four billion price of deposits.

“I received a letter from [Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur] Carandang stating that the investigation has already been closed and terminated. The recommendation to terminate was approved by Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos on 29 November 2017,” Calida stated, citing the reply he acquired from the Workplace of the Ombudsman on the matter.

It may be recalled Carandang has been suspended by Malacanang over unauthorized disclosures of Duterte’s alleged financial institution accounts.

Calida questioned the choice of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to withhold from the general public the standing of the case.

“A public officer must be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, and efficiency,” Calida informed reporters throughout the press convention.

“Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, being the Ombudsman, must be the protector of the people. She has the constitutional duty to publicize matters covered by investigations when the circumstances so warrant and with due prudence,” he famous.

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“This case involves the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Why are you withholding this information? When this case was filed, a press conference was even conducted. Three months after the termination of the case, the public has still no knowledge that the evidence supporting the allegations of Trillanes is without merit,” he defined.

“If the case, in the magnitude like this, when the President of the Philippines is the respondent and the case was dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman, why will not disclose it to the public? Are they also cuddling the complainant, Senator Trillanes?” Calida requested.

Calida stated “Senator Trillanes who is always badgering the President about this. Now, what can you say now? His evidence was junked, and because it is junked, it is another word for garbage.”

The federal government’s prime lawyer additionally stated the Senate ought to cease the listening to about Duterte’s unexplained wealth and undeclared financial institution accounts contemplating it’s primarily based on the criticism filed earlier than the OMB.

“Knowing that this frivolous case was terminated by the Ombudsman, Sen. Trillanes now seeks to have another Senate hearing on the matter to convince the public about his garbage junked by the Ombudsman,” Calida stated.

“The Senate should stop this non-sense investigation.” he urged.

In the meantime, Calida stated that he would inform President Duterte on the matter by way of a proper letter.

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