AT least 26 lawmakers expressed support for the independence and integrity of the Office of the Ombudsman.
Led by lawmakers from the Liberal Party, the 26 solons have filed House Resolution 1395 calling for the preservation and protection of the constitutional independence of the Office of the Ombudsman.
Just recently, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to file an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales allegedly for being selective in handling corruption cases.
Duterte also chided officials of the Ombudsman for initiating an investigation into his reported hidden wealth as well as those of his family.
But the solons stressed that the Office of the Ombudsman was created under the 1987 Constitution to act as an independent body serving as protector of the people against the inept, abusive and corrupt in government, with the power to investigate on its own, or on complaint by any person, any act or omission of any public official, employee, office or agency.
“The framers of the Constitution intended that these independent bodies be insulated from political pressure to the extent that the absence of independence would result in the impairment of their core functions to shield it from the pressures and influence of officialdom and partisan politics and from fear of external reprisal,” the resolution read.