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Duterte cool to appointing Bello as Ombudsman

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President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t seem to keen to appoint Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III as the next Ombudsman.

In an ambush interview Wednesday (May 16) in Malacañang, Duterte was asked about Bello’s wish to succeed outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

The President replied: “I will assign him as labor attaché in Kuwait.”

Bello is among the 10 nominees for Ombudsman who will be vetted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

In a television interview Tuesday (May 15), Bello said he relayed his dream appointment to the President.

“Make me Ombudsman,” he recalled telling Duterte.

“I keep telling the president. Ang sabi niya, ang kanyang krusada ay laban sa corruption, tapos ang sabi ko: ‘Tulungan kita.’ Ang sabi niya: ‘Paano naman?’ Gawin mo akong Ombudsman,” Bello said on ABS-CBN’s “Bandila.”