Oct 3, 2020 @ 16:41
Duterte rails at rising corruption but Ombudsman filing fewer cases: Mareng Winnie says ex-seminarian Martires should examine his conscience
Former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Solita “Mareng Winnie” Monsod is questioning whether former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Martires deserves his current post.
“I understand that Martires leaned toward the priesthood in his youth. Maybe he should undergo an examination of conscience now: Is he fit to be Ombudsman?
Monsod cited the steep drop in cases filed by the Ombdudsman against corrupt officials since he took over in August 2018.
Monsod said the Ombudsman cases filed with the Sandiganbayan dropped by 73 percent to 198 in 2019 from 738 in 2018. In the first quarter this year, the Ombudsman filed only 52 cases or just a fifth of what
it filed in the same period in 2019.
“It should also be pointed out that the Office of the Ombudman’s budget reached P4.6 billion last year, higher than it has ever been, as the bicameral committee added P1.8 billion to the P2.8 billion
requested by the President,” said Monsod.
While Martires has slowed down on corruption cases, President Rodrigo Duterte has continued to complain about his losing battle against corruption four years into his term.
“I offered to resign as President. I had everyone [in the Cabinet] summoned.
I said I was getting fed up. There’s really no end to this corruption,” said Duterte in a briefing last week.