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Lalaki lang pwede! Duterte won’t appoint a woman as Ombudsman

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President Rodrigo Duterte will not choose another woman to succeed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

In an interview with reporters Wednesday (May 16), Duterte shared the qualities he wants the Judicial and Bar Council to look for in the applicants for the next Ombudsman.

Referring to the JBC, Duterte said: “Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae.”

Duterte did not elaborate.

Morales is set to finish her term on July 26.

Despite being relatives by marriage, Duterte said he will not consult Morales on who should succeed her.

“I will have to consult everybody. I will even have to consult the Ombudsman people, not Morales,” he said.

Morales’ nephew, Manases Carpio, is married to the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.