Ombudsman accused of ‘selective justice’

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales

THE spokesman of former vice president Jejomar Binay has accused Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales of selective justice for pursuing a case of the former Makati City mayor and not the cases of allies of the past administration.

“It seems that the Ombudsman is no longer hiding her hypocrisy and double standard,” said Joey Salgado in a statement on Wednesday.

Salgado claimed that a few days ago, the Ombudsman said she will no longer be pursuing the cases against high-profile allies and personalities of the previous administration who benefited from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

“She justifies this by citing the alleged absence of evidence and lack of time, even if an affidavit has been signed by Janet Napoles naming these high-profile allies and personalities. But the Ombudsman can and will always find time against the former Vice President, even if the complaint lacks basis in fact,” said Salgado.

“Clearly, the Ombudsman intends to spend her last days in office pursuing her personal and political agenda against former VP Binay while being a true-blue Yellow protector to the end. It’s selective justice, pure and simple,” he said.

Salgado issued the statement following the Ombudsman’s pronouncement on Wednesday that it would proceed with preliminary investigation of the alleged sale in 2011 of a Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) property to Alphaland Makati Place Inc. for P600 million instead of P10.126 billion, which is considered the true value of the 10,000-square-meter lot in Makati City.

Binay was the president of the BSP when the sale was made.

The undervaluation apparently cost the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) P63 million in lost tax as three BIR officials certified the sale of the property as tax-exempt.

Along with Binay, 35 other respondents to the case are facing graft charges.

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