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Ombudsman Morales urged to inhibit from Dengvaxia case involving ex-boss PNoy


Senator Richard Gordon urged Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to inhibit from case involving the Aquino government’s acquisition of Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.

While he expressed confidence that the Ombudsman will take judicial notice on the findings and recommendations of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the Dengvaxia issue, Gordon said it would be better if Morales will take a hands-off policy on the matter.

Given that Morales, who is an appointee of Aquino is already retiring this year, the senator said she may only find herself in a difficult situation if she will handle the case.

“Huwag na nyang pakialaman. Sa tingin ko, para mas mabuti pa para objective na ang dating nyan pagkatapos, mas magansa na huwa​g​ na nya pakialaman para hindi na sya malagay sa alanganin,” he said.

“I know her to be an upright lawyer. Of course she can also commit mistakes. Pag tinangnan nya yan I think mahirap na kwan (sitwasyon yan sa kanya),” Gordon said.

Following a series of public investigation by blue ribbon on the Dengvaxia mess, Aquino along with his former Health Sec. Janette Garin, former Budget Sec. Florencio Abad and few others are being called to be charged with graft and violation of the code of ethics.

Gordon expressed hope that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will also find merit in studying the findings and recommendations of the committee, especially the pieces of evidence they have gathered.

“I think that the Ombudsman will take notice here. Palagay ko lahat sila, yung bagong secretary of justice (Menardo Guevarra) they will study it. I will be disappointed if they will not study it,” he said.

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