Public plunder: 11,000 ghost employees on Duterte's Davao payroll

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  1. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    We've previously posted about Duterte's receipt of gifts of vehicles and houses while he served as mayor of Davao. He is also being investigated for plundering the public treasury by having ghost employees on the Davao payroll.

    The Omudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is Duterte's very own aunt-in-law!

    Ombudsman to continue investigation vs Duterte

    25 November 2016

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ... confirmed that the Office of the Ombudsman has acted on Sen. Antonio Trillanes' plunder complaint against the president. Trillanes has accused Duterte of hiring ghost employees at the Davao City Hall when he was mayor. Morales said the complaint was lodged when Duterte was not yet elected president.
  2. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Ombudsman probing plunder case vs Duterte

    27 November 2016

    The plunder complaint of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV against President Duterte remains under investigation despite his presidential immunity from suit, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said on Friday night. “As I said before, it is undergoing investigation,” Morales told reporters, after she delivered a scathing speech on these “trying times” at the University of the Philippines College of Law alumni homecoming.

    Trillanes on May 5 accused Duterte of hiring 11,000 ghost employees at the Davao City Hall when he was mayor in 2014. Citing a Commission on Audit report, he said that the city spent P708 million on the contractuals’ salaries even if there were no documents to prove that they actually rendered work. He said the alleged hiring of ghost employees may well be the source of Duterte’s alleged hidden wealth, and an investigation by the Ombudsman would reveal things.

    Morales pointed out that Trillanes’ complaints were filed before Duterte handily won during the May 9 elections. She cited this as a reason why an investigation can still be pursued even with his presidential immunity against suit.
  3. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Palace mum on Ombudsman probe of Duterte’s graft case

    27 November 2016

    [Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-] Morales is the aunt of lawyer Manases Carpio, the husband of the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

    In his complaint, Trillanes claimed that Duterte amassed P2.4 billion and that the source of the money could be the ghost employees hired by the Davao City government. Trillanes cited a Commission on Audit report that said the city paid P708 million for the salaries of 11,000 contractual workers in 2014. State auditors said there were no documents to show that the workers actually rendered work.

    When asked if the anti-graft office would also investigate Duterte on extrajudicial killings stemming from the government’s war on drugs, Morales replied, “Everything is possible.”
  4. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    No claim of innocence, only insisting that they can't nail him for his crimes ...

    Palace unfazed by Ombudsman probe into plunder, graft charges vs. Duterte

    27 November 2016

    Malacañang is unfazed by the Ombudsman’s probe on the plunder and graft complaints against President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the chief executive enjoys immunity from suit while in office. “We all know that part of the constitutional mandate of the Ombudsman is to act on complaints against government employees and officials, including the complaint filed by Senator (Antonio) Trillanes (IV) against the president when he was still mayor of Davao City,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement Sunday. “However, whether this will become a case against the President is an entirely different matter. The President enjoys immunity while in office and the Ombudsman, although she may investigate, cannot discipline or remove a sitting president,” he added.

    On Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said her office is gathering facts on the plunder complaint against Duterte. She said the Ombudsman can probe individuals regardless of whether they have immunity to determine if there was misconduct.

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