Ombudsman gets death threat over pork probe
MANILA – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales shrugged off a death threat allegedly received by her office Friday afternoon.
Morales suspects that the threat is related to the ongoing investigation on the pork barrel scam.
She said her office received a phone call at around 1 p.m. while she was at the public governance forum in ADB.
"I wasn't around, I was at the ADB. Someone wanted to scare me, going slow on this. It was a phone call,” she said.
Morales said the number is now being validated by security in Malacañang.
"I'm not scared. Maybe they’re scared. Sinong tinakot nila?" she said.
Morales said the probe is at the fact-finding level and that no congressman or government official is being investigated yet.
The Ombudsman has issued subpoenas to the whistleblowers led by Benhur Luy.
She assured the public that political alliances of any official will not be a factor in the investigation.
The interagency group, led by the Office of the Ombudsman, will meet again next week.
Morales did not comment on the matter of becoming state witness, saying she has yet to read the affidavits of those involved.
Generally speaking, Morales said any witness may even be given immunity from suits subject to certain conditions, one of which is that the witness is the least guilty.
Napoles, Morales said, may be given immunity if she’s the least guilty.
Morales was also asked about the statements of the government that Napoles may turn state witness, but she described these as mere hearsay.
Morales, meantime, said after 2 years in office, she has disposed of 5,333 criminal cases and 5,252 administrative cases. -- With a report from Robert Mano, dzMM