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Opportunity to judge Ombudsman Morales

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… This is the inscription that was written: mene, mene, tekel, parsin. Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians…” (Daniel 5:25-28, the Holy Bible).

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DISBARMENT CASE GIVES OMBUDSMAN THE CREEPS? Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales tried to appear nonchalant or unperturbed by the disbarment case that former Manila Councilor Greco Belgica filed against her with the Supreme Court on Friday, March 24, 2017, over her acquittal of former President Benigno Aquino III of graft and technical malversation charges in connection with the graft-ridden presidential pork barrel known as “disbursement acceleration program” (DAP).

But, it cannot be denied that this case should be giving her the creeps, considering certain issues. First, Morales is concededly already at the twilight not only of her life with her advanced age, but also of her career as a government lawyer.

It should be simply unsettling for her that, as she is already preparing to leave both government and the legal profession into her retirement, she still is required to face a case that could eventually destroy all her supposed achievements and accolades in the past, and which could cast a shameful shadow over her posturing as an honest graft buster.

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DISBARMENT COMPLAINANT NO ORDINARY MAN: For Belgica is no ordinary complainant. Morales knows that the youthful Manila lawmaker was the first-ever citizen who bravely questioned, and successfully stopped, against all odds, the DAP, using his own financial, though meager, resources.

Morales also knows that Belgica, a pastor of a Christian church founded by his equally-famous father, Butch, comes from a family of spiritually-correct Christians, and is a devout member of deeply rooted Christian organizations which had been trying to promote righteousness in the country amidst pervasive immorality and corruption, especially among those who had been claiming to be honest and righteous.

Truly, it would be exciting to see how Belgica’s disbarment case against Morales would turn out. The funny thing here is that, in her long stint at the Supreme Court, Morales often judged many lawyers as having violated their oaths and of having failed to discharge their obligations that the law required.

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OPPORTUNITY TO JUDGE MORALES: Now, the shoe is on the other foot. Morales now is the one who stands charged, courtesy of Pastor Belgica, of having egregiously and wantonly violated the lawyer’s oath, and of having failed to discharge her obligations as an impartial government prosecutor, clearly because she wanted to favor the very person that recalled her from retirement and installed her as Ombudsman.

What is more, this disbarment case would appear to be just the tip of the iceberg, as far as Belgica is concerned. He warned that he was also instituting an impeachment complaint against Morales before the House of Representatives when lawmakers return in May to resume their legislative work.

Perhaps, what Belgica is doing is good, both for the country and Belgica and Morales. This will give everyone an opportunity to reflect on what Morales really did as a government official who served in the judiciary and in the Office of the Ombudsman. Let’s see if she measures up to the exacting standards that she herself set for, and judged,  others.

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