Davao mayor hopes for due process from new Ombud

Subscribe Now July 27, 2011 at 08:42am

The appointment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales doesn't seem to matter with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who said she only wanted due process for her case at the Office of the Ombudsman. A group of sheriffs in Manila has filed an administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Duterte for attacking a court sheriff who was implementing a demolition order issued by Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 16 presiding Judge Emmanuel Carpio.

Judge Carpio is the younger brother of Ombudsman Carpio-Morales. Carpio-Morales is second among the six children of late Judge Lucas Carpio and Maria Claudio Carpio. Judge Emmanuel Carpio is the youngest.

"Due process lang akoang ginapangayo (I am only asking for the due process). Whatever the decision will be, I will accept it," Duterte said, referring to the complaint filed by the Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines (Scophil) at the Ombudsman.

Scophil sued Duterte for grave abuse of authority and direct assault after the mayor smacked court sheriff Abe Andres amid the tension at the demolition site in Soliman Barangay Kapitan Tomas Monterverde Sr. in Agdao on July 1.

A Manila-based lawyer has also filed a separate disbarment case at the Supreme Court against Duterte in relation to the punching incident.

Duterte said she is not bothered by the cases filed against her as she accepted the fact that being a mayor is coupled with possible cases.

"Natural lang man ni sa akong trabaho na naa koy ma offend. Basta naga follow lang ta sa law, mao ra nay importante dira (It is just normal in my job that there are some people who I may have offended, for as long as I am following the law, then there is no reason to worry)," the mayor said.

Duterte on Tuesday congratulated Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, whose appointment was announced by President Benigno Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the Batasan complex on Monday.

Aquino, in his speech, said his government plans to file major corruption case this year against corrupt officials and their accomplices with the help of Ombudsman Carpio-Morales.

Carpio-Morales, a former Supreme Court Associate Justice, administered the oath of President Aquino on June 30, 2010.

Some lawyers in Davao City also welcomed the appointment of Carpio-Morales as new chief anti-graft prosecutor.

Lawyer Ma. Fe Orig Maloloy-on, a branch Clerk of Court, said Carpio-Morales is very much qualified as the chief of ombudsman.

Lawyer Roberto Maureo T. Palma Gil, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board regional, said the former Supreme Court magistrate is "a good choice" for the Ombudsman post.

Regional Prosecutor Lawyer Antonio Arellano said the new Ombudsman has shown not only legal brilliance, probity, independence, but also character and a high standard of personal honor and integrity.

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao president Jonathan Jocom said Aquino has appointed a seasoned magistrate who can speed up the disposition of cases.

Jocom added he trusts the new ombudsman because the latter has a record of impartiality that he believes would dispose cases "without fear or favor."

"She has proven competence as gleaned from the Supreme Court decisions she has penned," said lawyer Josephine de Vera, counsel of United Settlers Association of Bangoy Creek.

Scophil-Davao chapter president Sergio Tupas said he is hopeful that the newly installed Ombudsman would do her duty well.

Catholic Church bishops have also expressed optimism that Carpio-Morales would be instrumental in eliminating corruption in government.

In separate interviews, Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso, Manila auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, and Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz all looked forward to seeing how the former Supreme Court justice will fare in her new job.

"I wish that the new Ombudsman would truly be honest in doing her job and be relentless in fighting corruption," said Pabillo.

"I have heard very good things about her. I think she is a very good choice. Honest. But the taste of the pudding is in the eating so let's see... but I think she will do well," opined Cruz.

For his part, Medroso reminded Carpio-Morales to maintain neutrality despite being an appointee of the President.

"Bilang watchdog o bantay ng bayan (as a watchdog), the Ombudsman should always be neutral," said Medroso over Church-run Radio Veritas.

Carpio-Morales replaced former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who resigned following her impeachment at the House of Representatives for various reasons, including sitting on cases involving former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo.

Carpio-Morales bested three other nominees of the Judicial and Bar Council, namely Justice Undersecretary Leah Armamento, Presidential Commission on Good Government commissioner Gerard Mosquera, and former Justice Secretary Artemio Tuquero.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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