Ombudsman unruffled by bomb scare

Posted at 05/31/2012 10:20 AM | Updated as of 06/01/2012 12:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is unperturbed by the bomb scare at her house in Muntinlupa yesterday. 

In an ambush interview at the Office of the Ombudsman, Morales said the grenade was inside a package, which bore the letters, “pangdensa, ccm, malakit.”
 
Morales said CCM is her initials, but she doesn’t understand what the rest meant. “It’s a grenade alright, pins were there, you have to pull them to let it blow.”
 
She said her family didn’t seem disturbed by what happened. “They’re okay. They’re cool, that’s part of the trade, part of the office.”
 
She also said Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo already suggested she beef up her security. “Well, I have some suggestions. [CCTV] in the house is being reviewed. We’ll see if there’s any security lapse.”
 
She said that “if it’s your time, it’s your time. I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m not trying to malign people because they’re not your allies.”
 
Corona trial
 
Security around the Office of the Ombudsman compound was tight. Visitors and their baggage are thoroughly checked, employees are compelled to wear their IDs. Vehicular entry into the compound is also restricted.
 
Meantime, Morales also seemed nonchalant today.
 
Morales was fuming mad in a press conference she quickly called last Friday to rebut former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s testimony at the Senate impeachment court.
 
Morales didn’t want to make any connection between the bomb scare and the impeachment.
 
When asked why she was calmer now, Morales said, “because he was saying the exact opposite of what happened. I’m cooler now. Did you know my voice was raised when you asked me that? Please do not activate my anger.”
 
Asked if she felt vindicated now that Corona is no longer chief justice, she said, “that’s what my staff thinks. But ako, trabaho lang. I did what was expected to me. I feel good.”
 
Morales also indicated that the investigation on Corona’s wealth continues. 
 
She cannot yet say when she will come up with a ruling. “It is among other reasons…on that account I asked for the [Anti-Money Laundering Council] documents, it depends on the complexities of the case.”