Ombudsman Morales should resign now PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:51

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you…” (Jeremiah 26:13, the Holy Bible).

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THE OMBUDSMAN’S “PALUSOT” OVER DELAYS IN HER OFFICE: So, because the courts—the Supreme Court included—are similarly delayed in resolving cases that are brought before them, as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales claimed in a TV interview the other day, the Office of the Ombudsman under her can already take it easy and take its own sweet time in deciding the cases that are brought before her office even if such resolution take years to carry out?

This is simply “palusot”, or even gross criminal neglect, if you ask me. It also represents incompetence of Morales of the highest order, with due respect, because it shows an inability on her part to comply with the clear Constitutional directive for speedy trial and speedy disposition of cases even at the level of the Ombudsman.

It even approximates an amazing intellectual bankruptcy and administrative inefficiency, considering that in resolving graft complaints that are brought against erring government officials and employees, the Ombudsman can call upon other government agencies nationwide to help it in investigating cases, and in determining whether the accusations are true or not.

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OMBUDSMAN MORALES SHOULD RESIGN NOW: The best thing for Morales to do at this point, since there is already an official admission on her part of her lack of capacity to speed things up at the Ombudsman as required by the Constitution and even by the Ombudsman Act of 1989 (Republic Act 6770), is to resign and relinquish her post to another official who can be better than her, which I am sure there are plenty of.

What the country needs at this point that even the highest official of the land, her own relative by affinity, President Duterte, is campaigning so hard against corruption in government, is an Ombudsman who will not rant at excuses but who will be motivated enough to find ways to prosecute grafters more speedily and greater dispatch, with no fear or favor.

The problem is that many believe that Morales is in reality unwilling to do her job as a graft buster because, if she did so, she would be sending to jail her political patrons who were responsible (or who saw to it?) that she would there at that office, at this critical period of the Duterte presidency, to shield them from prosecution and incarceration.

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GUIDELINES FOR GOOD GOV’T OFFICIALS: What is God’s will for those who would like to be installed as officials? Through His Bible, God laid down His will for those wanting to be officials. The first guideline is taken from Genesis 41:38 of the Bible, where the Pharaoh of Egypt was inspired to install a man in whom the Spirit of God dwells, to save his country from destruction as a result of a seven-year famine that Joseph, son of Jacob, warned about.

The second guideline is from Exodus 18:21, where Jethro was telling his son-in-law Moses about who he should install as leaders of the people. Jethro told Moses he must chose the people who are capable, “men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain.”

The third guideline comes from Mark 10:43-44, where Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, was telling John and James, the sons of Zebedee, what a leader should do, according to the will of the Father. Jesus said: “… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all…”

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