Ombudsman Morales is not entitled to full term, according to Duterte

Accused for being bias in handling cases, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is not entitled to a full 7-year-term.

Duterte further emphasized that Morales' post is very precarious.

"May I add, your hold to the office is very, very precarious. You're supposed to serve the remaining terms of the guy who resigned, not to a full term, that is very clear under the law," he said.

Although he did not specify which law he was referring to, Republic Act No 6770 or the law on the organization of the Office of the Ombudsman, explains the what will happen if an Ombudsman resigns.

As stipulated in the section 8 of RA 6770, in case of vacancy due to resignation, the Overall Deputy shall serve as Acting Ombudsman in a concurrent capacity "until a new Ombudsman shall have been appointed for a full term."

The Constitution, specifically Article 11 (Accountability of Public Officers), provides guarantees which insulate the Office of the Ombudsman from political influence and interference.

"Let the remaining months of your incumbency be truly reflective of your mandate to do justice to everyone without favor or bias,"Duterte said.

Morales was appointed during the term of ex-President Benigno Auino III last 2011 to a full term of 7 years. She replaced Merceditas Gutierrez who resigned after 6 years in the said position.

The ombudsman's term will expire in July 2018.

On the other hand, group of lawyers has asked the Supreme Court earlier last June to declare the Office of the Ombudsman vacant as mentioned in RA 6770 provisions.

Source: GMA NewsRappler