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Duterte offers to take jurisdiction of Ombudsman’s cases: Morales can hardly cope with the work

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President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed willingness to take jurisdiction of the cases that will before the Office of the Ombudsman if Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not act on it.

In a speech before the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Thursday (March 1), Duterte acknowledged that the Office of the Ombudsman is swamped with cases.

He mentioned the Office of the Ombudsman as he reiterated his advice to the public to file charges against officials who would try to extort from them.

“If you do not receive any answer, file a case against the Ombudsman and sa akin. And if the Ombudsman will not do anything, I will take jurisdiction over the case. That’s maybe because the Ombudsman handles so many thousands of cases that they can hardly cope up with the work,” Duterte said.

“I would like to think that it is that way. Sino ba naman ang ayaw?” he added.

Duterte, however, was likely talking in hyperbole when he talked about taking jurisdiction over the cases filed before the Office of the Ombudsman because it is an independent body.

Latest data from the Office of the Ombudsman show that it filed a total of 1,311 cases against government officials in 2016.