Palace maintains stand on ombudsman probe of AFP, PNP personnel » Manila Bulletin News



By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said that while it respects the mandate of the Ombudsman, all investigations of members of the military and the police should be addressed to President Duterte.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (L); President Duterte (R)

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier said that there is no law that the Ombudsman or the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should seek the President’s clearance first before probing members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Ano’ng pakialam niya?” Morales told reporters on Friday.

“There is no law that requires a soldier or a policeman or any respondent for that matter to seek clearance from anybody,” she added.

The Palace, in a statement Saturday afternoon, said the Executive recognizes and respects the constitutional mandate of the Ombudsman to investigate public officials.

However, Malacañang reiterated Duterte’s stand that investigations of members of the PNP and the AFP related to the performance of their duties in the government’s anti-drug campaign or while Mindanao is under martial law be addressed to him.

“He assumes command responsibility for the actions of his men as Commander-in-Chief or Chief Executive,” Malacañang said.

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