WHAT do President Rodrigo Duterte, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have in common?
Why, they are all impeachable officials.
An impeachment is the presentation of formal charges against a public official who committed any acts violating the Constitution, including treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.
Now, since we’ve got that covered, the President recently hit Sereno and Morales because he believes that the two were being used by “certain political forces” in a bid to remove him from office. This stemmed from reports that the Office of the Ombudsman is investigating the President’s wealth.
Duterte even went to the extent of daring both Sereno and Morales to go with him to Congress and open their bank books in front of lawmakers. Duterte is keen on showing the public who is really corrupt with his call to open all their bank accounts, as he stressed that he had never been corrupt during his term as Davao mayor.
This move of the President – however harsh he had delivered it – is a laudable move, as it just shows that he trusts his word that he had never amassed illegal wealth and that the public should not be swayed by the reports swirling around.
If Sereno and Morales have nothing to hide, they should heed the President’s call. If they do not, both Morales and Sereno will still face their conscience if they have told the truth or not.
After all of these are over, they are still liable to any misdeeds that they are hiding and will certainly face impeachment, as the Duterte administration’s campaign of ridding the government of corruption still holds true.