Ombudsman warns: All corrupt will be put to jail

Posted at 05/12/14 3:41 PM

Lifestyle check not just vs Jinggoy - Morales

MANILA - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she wants to put all corrupt in jail during her term.

In her speech at the end of an Integrity Caravan in celebration of the Office of the Ombudsman’s 25th anniversary, Morales said her ultimate goal is to jail all corrupt no matter who they are.

She said no one will be spared in the investigations, including the pork barrel scam.

She did not name names, but her office earlier recommended plunder and graft charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla Jr.

The cases are part of the first batch of complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation. Resolutions have yet to be issued in the second batch of cases, which includes allies of President Benigno Aquino III.

Meanwhile, Morales clarified the lifestyle checks that her office is doing will not focus alone on Estrada.

Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera earlier asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue to provide his office with Estrada’s income tax returns. The lifestyle check also covers Estrada’s 8-year-old daughter.

Morales said no one is being singled out. She said the lifestyle check is an ongoing process.

She did not say, however, if the lifestyle checks also cover Enrile and Revilla. – from a report by Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News