By Ralph Villanueva/Manila Times
The Volunteers against Crime and Ccorruption (VACC) has “filed” a “verified but unendorsed” impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales yesterday at the House of Representatives.
The complainants said that while “multitudes” of lawmakers promised to endorse the complaint, no one has signed the complaint. An impeachment complaint is only deemed officially filed if it is endorsed by a lawmaker.
In the 94-page complaint, the VACC accused Morales of committing culpable violation of the Constitution, treason and bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes and betrayal of public trust.
According to the complainants, Morales committed six impeachable offences.
VACC chairman Martin Dino said he filed a case against Albay Rep. Jose Salceda regarding his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Salceda tapped Lucas Carpio, a brother of Morales, as his counsel. Dino said Morales approved the dismissal of the complaint. He accused Morales of giving “unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of her official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.”
The complainants claimed Morales committed betrayal of public trust and corruption when she conspired with her over-all deputy, Arthur Carandang, in “illegally” disclosing confidential information in connection with the alleged bank transactions of President Rodrigo Duterte. Morales was also accused of sitting on the complaint against former President Benigno Aquino in connection with the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, as well as the disbursement acceleration programme (DAP) cases.
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