Malacanang urges critics not to pre-judge Ombudsman

September 11, 2009 11:04 am 

MANILA, Sept. 11 —Malacanang called on critics not to pre-judge the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the case filed against Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo.

A graft case was lodged against Presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Mikey for his alleged failure to include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) his real estate properties in the United States.

Deputy Presidential Spokesman for economic affairs Gary Olivar on Friday said the Office of the Ombudsman was an independent body, stressing that it should be allowed to do its mandated job of investigating complaints filed against public officials.

Olivar also said that critics should not give malice to those accused being cleared by the Ombudsman.

He said that the Ombudsman dropped cases against some public officials due to the innocence of the accused or for failure to substantiate the allegations against the public official.

Olivar also said Malacanang would let the presidential son and Pampanga lawmaker to defend himself and answer the allegations against him.(PNA)



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