Sen. Kiko Pangilinan posted a message on social media showing his support with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and defending Deputy Ombudsman Carandang who was earlier fired by Pres. Duterte.
According to Sen. Pangilinan the Ombudsman is upholding the rule of law and for this reason Morales has the support of Pangilinan.
Instead of getting favorable response from netizens, MJ Reyes lambasted Pangilinan and burned down the senator by reminding him of his earlier decision during the presidency of former chief executive Noynoy Aquino.
MJ Reyes was quoted as saying “Really now, Mr. Pangilinan? So, back in 2011 it’s ok for a President to fire an Ombudsman, right? In fact, you ask the Ombudsman to respect Aquino’s decision back then. So, why sing a different tune now when the President is not a partymate?
Here’s the Complete Statement of MJ Reyes Burning Sen. Pangilinan Down:
Kiko says to Ombudsman, “Respect President Aquino’s firing of the Deputy Ombudsman.”
Remember your words then, Senator Francis Pangilinan?
“… the executive department should enforce the order even if it meant “physically” removing Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez III from his office.
… absent any legal order preventing its enforcement, if he has to be bodily carried out by our law enforcement authorities, so be it. Unless they have forgotten, we are now under a new administration,”
“We need to exorcise the nation from the ghosts of the past regime wherein the Constitution and the rule of law were upheld only when it served the purpose of the incumbent. Enough is enough.”
Kiko says, “The President cannot suspend the Ombudsman or his/her deputies.”
So, Mr. Pangilinan, pwede pa lang mag-“fire” noon pero hindi na pwede mag-“suspend” ngayon?
Sorry, people are no longer as dumb as some politicians wish or want the people to be.
Link to twitter: https://twitter.com/maanreyes/status/959276590839447559
Note: Given the 2014 SC Ruling on the said issue, it now looks like the Ombudsman has become the most powerful.