Ombudsman bent on sending Sara to jail?
UNFAZED. Mayor Sara Duterte reports back to work at City Hall after a five-day leave while the interior department probed her punching of court sheriff Abe Andres. MORIE AGUILAR
By ROGER M. BALANZA
If the Interior department will not do it, the Office of the Ombudsman will.
The Office of the Ombudsman is bent on taking over the grave misconduct case filed against Mayor Sara Duterte who punched sheriff Abe Andres while the sheriff was implementing a court order to demolish shanties of informal settlers in Davao City on July 1.
Duterte is also facing a criminal complaint for direct assault filed by the Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines (SCOPHIL).
The Ombudsman, according to reports, has scored the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) over its decision not to pursue the case against Duterte..
The ombudsman was also dismayed that DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo did not recommend even a reprimand for the mayor, daughter of former mayor and now vice mayor Rodrigo Duterte..
The twin cases would be forwarded to Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Humphrey Monteroso, said reports.
With DILG washing its hands off the case, the Ombudsman or Scophil, even without Andres filing a case, can act as the nominal complainant in the grave misconduct case against Duterte.
In reports, Rawnsle Lopez ,Casimiro’s spokesperson, said that after the DILG’s fact-finding probe, the anti-graft agency may proceed with “administrative adjudication,” to determine the “fitness of a public servant to remain in service and determine any administrative infractions committed.”
Robredo has not recommended any action against Duterte, saying he would only submit an incident report to President Aquino as well as recommendations on how to avoid similar confrontations in the future.