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Weh di nga? Binay promises not to impeach Ombudsman Morales

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Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed not to impeach Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who led an investigation against the Binays for alleged corruption in Makati.

During the “fast talk” segment of the last presidential debate at the University of Pangasinan, host Karen Davila asked if Binay would have Morales impeached under his administration.

Binay said: “No, kasi gusto ko makilala na healing and unifying president.”

Binay made this vow even though Morales earlier said an ally close to Binay threatened to impeach her when Binay wins as president.
In an interview with reporters at Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 16, 2016, Morales said an ally of Binay called her up and threatened her with impeachment for her role in the administration’s “demolition by perception.”

“I received threats. The threat was passed through a high official from a close and valued ally-politician of the Vice President. So, what did I say? I expect that,” Morales said.

“The threat was personally coveyed by a valued ally of the vice president. It was given to a government official, all right, verbal. It came to me. It was received by me that this particular official told the particular official that they will run after me. If he wins. Sabi ko naman, I expected that. I am expect it. I will expect it,” she added.

Morales said she is not afraid of the Binay camp, even if it files another damage suit for allegedly leaking the Commission on Audit (COA) report against Binay to the media.

She said the Binay camp is the one diminishing her credibility, even though Binay has no business demanding credibility until he has answered to the corruption charges.

“Sinasabi na sa dyaryo e, I’m part of the conspiracy daw, part of the demolition team. Ako ang dinedemolish nila. Questioning, doubting my credibility. Excuse me, credibility ang pinag uusapan, look who’s talking. Again, I keep saying. I will not jeopardize my reputation. Para lang sisirain ang tao? Para masira rin ako. Excuse me, no,” the Ombudsman said.

Binay has called Morales a liar for indicting him for graft, malversation and falsification of public documents over the Makati car park building.

Binay and Morales have traded barbs after the leak of the Commission on Audit (COA) report which bared Binay and his son dismissed Makati mayor Junjun Binay’s actions in rigging the procurement to award the contract to favored contractors in the construction and design of the Makati car park building, to the disadvantage of government.

The report also said the bloated contract price of the building.

State auditors said the Vice President is administratively liable for grave misconduct, dishonesty and gross inexcusable negligence, as well as graft and corrupt practices, and should therefore be penalized with removal from office, fines and imprisonment.

Binay had also included Morales in his P200 million damage suit against his critics and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.