Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday said he received a reply letter from the Office of the Ombudsman saying its inquiry into Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s plunder complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte was closed and terminated in November last year.
Calida is now questioning why Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales “kept this to herself.”
At a press conference, Calida gave the media copies of a letter signed by Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang dated February 12, answering his supposed inquiry as to the status of the case.
The letter said the case was “already closed and terminated.”
“Based on the record, the recommendation to terminate the investigation was approved by Deputy Ombudsman Cyril E. Ramos on 29 November 2017,” the letter said.
My first reaction is why did she keep this to herself? Perhaps you can ask her that question,” Calida said, referring to the Ombudsman.
“If a case in the magnitude like this when the President of the Philippines is the respondent and the case was dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman, why will they not disclose it to the public?” he later said when asked if this alleged non-disclosure was a breach of normal protocol.
When asked if this was a ground for impeachment, he said: “Considering that she’s retiring from service this July, the time’s too short for that kind of legal proceeding.”
He also said Trillanes’ “garbage” evidence “was junked.”
He said he has yet to inform the President of this new development.
Trillanes said he has yet to receive any letter from the Ombudsman informing him that his complaint against Duterte had been “closed and terminated.”
He said he only learned about it from the media.
Trillanes, meanwhile, reiterated his challenge for Duterte to sign the waiver on his bank accounts.
“Granting na totoo ang sinasabi ni Calida, bakit sila nagpa-panic? Bakit ayaw niya pirmahan ‘yung waiver? ‘Pag mali ako magre-resign ako at magpapakulong ako,” he said.
“Ano pa man ang legal processes, lalaking usapan, kung walang tinatagong milyong yaman e pirmahan ang waiver,” he added.