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Ombudsman probing Duterte for plunder despite immunity

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Despite his immunity from suit, President Rodrigo Duterte remains under investigation for plunder by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Under the law, even if a person has immunity or even if he’s impeachable, you still continue the investigation for purposes of determining whether there is misconduct,” said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

The case was filed before the Ombudsman on May 5 by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who accused then-presidential candidate Duterte of paying P708 million to 11,000 ghost employees in 2014 in Davao City when he was still mayor.

“We don’t discount any possibility that we’ll spare him or indict him. There are many possibilities,” Morales said.

On the other hand, Morales had already inhibited herself from the case since she is the aunt of Mans Carpio, the husband of Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

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