Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will be out of that office by next month. Her seven year term ends on the third week of July.
Asked in a TV interview yesterday on the status of the Ombudsman’s office’s investigation of the multi-billlion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds as well as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Morales said it would be the next Ombudsman that would continue with the investigation.
Morales stressed that while she “intended to finish” cases involving the PDAF and DAP before her term expires on July 26, the probe might have to be continued by her successor.
She explained that “unfortunately, due to the volume of cases the office is handling, we may not be able to finish all PDAF cases. There are several of them,” Morales said.
That’s a strange excuse from Morales, given the fact that the law and the rules which govern her office states fairly clearly that the big guns in government would take the priority cases.
Why then did she merely concentrate on the three senators of the republic, former Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla Jr.—then-opposition lawmakers, during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino who considered them as his political foes and charged them and yes detained, and denied bail, until the two were finally granted bail by the court over the rigged multi-billion PDAF scheme while Revilla remains in detention and denied bail to this day.
Why did she not, motu proprio, have the Liberal Party senators and congressmen as well as allies of Morales’ yellow patron, Aquino, and charged them with plunder too? After all, they too were listed in the Commission on Audit Special Report on PDAF and they did get their PDAF also in the tens of millions. Why did she not bother to even begin a probe on them?
No such charges either, not even a probe on them was started by then Justice chief Leila de Lima, who was even given a list that held the yellow senators’ names who should have been charged with plunder the second batch.
Neither did Morales do anything about probing any of Noynoy’s allies and Liberal Party (LP) senators.
Oh, Morales did charge some LP congressmen who also had their PDAF share and were questionable ones too, but Morales treated them with kid gloves, merely charging them with graft, which is a bailable crime.
It was clearly a case of selective justice, which Morales, de Lima and yes, even the then Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido Tan were into selective justice. That special audit did no audit the pork funds that Noynoy Aquino, then a congressman, then a senator, also got pork funds. She did the same for then LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas. Zero audit for the two.
But Morales quickly denied that there is selective justice in pursuing cases involving PDAF and DAP.
She said it was easier for the Office of the Ombudsman to “touch upon the cases” against Enrile, Revilla and Estrada due to the confession of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, believed to be the brains behind the multi-billion pork barrel scam.
“Why were these cases prioritized? First, they are high-profile cases. Second, and more importantly, Napoles executed an affidavit, naming them, detailing the circumstances that gave rise to the cases,” Morales said.
Morales conveniently forgets that LP Sen. Franklin Drilon, among others, was also pointed to by Janet Lim Napoles. And his name does come out in another affidavit which was not made public by de Lima and Morales.
Napoles also had an affidavit pointing to then Noynoy’s Budget Secretary Butch Abad, being her mentor and having met with him and another individual present in a hotel where he taught her how to go about the PDAF scam. Why not Abad? Too sacred a cow, just as sacred as her yellow patron?
Morales had two other opportunities to prove to the public that she is not into selective justice, yet all she did was to succeed in cementing her reputation as an Ombudsman who was into selective justice when Morales, instead of filing charges against Butch Abad on the billions of pesos worth of funds in the misuse of the DAP and even ignoring the Supreme Court’s ruling on the DAP being illegal and of his and his yellow president’s liability over the DAP funds, gave Abad a weak slap on his wrist. As for Noynoy, why of course, she absolved him.
It didn’t matter that Noynoy was liable for DAP, for the Maguindanao Masssacre and more.
Noynoy, as she said, and this is fact: “President Aquino is not corrupt”.
And she has the nerve to call herself independent and not partisan.
Her record does not show it and neither do her actions.