Erwin Tulfo curses Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales over probe on Duterte's wealth

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, October 02, 2017

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Die-hard Duterte supporter and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo has criticized Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for her agency's move to investigate the alleged hidden wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family.

In a profanity-filled commentary on his Facebook Live broadcast on Saturday, September 30, the former TV5 anchor questioned the "impartiality" of the Ombudsman in the ongoing graft probe.

"It's not the question of nothing to hide. It's the question of issue or partiality-impartiality of the Ombudsman. Ang ibig ko pong sabihin, ma'am, kung nakikinig ka at ikaw po'y mayroon pang ulirat, hindi po 'yung issue na kung ano-ano. Wala po akong pakialam. Imbestigahan mo si Pangulong Duterte, imbestigahan mo kung sino man diyan, kung sino mang Hudas, Hestas, Barabas. Ang gusto lang po naming taong bayan is 'yung magiging patas po kayo," Tulfo said.

For the newly installed anchor of PTV4, the Ombudsman is "biased" when it comes to dealing with cases involving those perceived to be allies of the previous administration, citing what happened to former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, who were all charged with graft and plunder for the PDAF scam.

"Sige nga, Conchita Carpio-Morales, answer me or answer us — the people. Bakit hindi mo kinasuhan si Butch Abad sa DBM or si PNoy or si Proceso Alcala ng Department of Agriculture na nakikipagsabwatan kay Janet Napoles sa PDAF pero walang kaso? Pansinin niyo nga 'yan, wala pong kaso. Ang tanging nakasuhan lang sa PDAF na 'yan, yung tatlong kawawang senador — Enrile, Jinggoy, Bong Revilla at tsaka mga congressman na hindi kaalyado [ng Liberal Party], na hindi dilaw. 'Yung dilaw abswelto," he said.

According to Tulfo, it was him who brought up the idea of creating a commission that will investigate the Office of the Ombudsman during his one-on-one interview with Mr. Duterte last week.

"Kaya sinasabi ng Pangulo magtatag ng commission, pabor ho ako doon. I was the one who asked the question [in the PTV4 interview]. Eh kasi nakakabwisit na ho na pinapaikot-ikot na lang ang taumbayan nitong putang-inang Ombudsman na ito. Pinapaikot-ikot na lamang kaya ko sinabi na,'Sir, hindi niyo ho ba iimbestigahan ang Ombudsman?' Wala actually sa topic namin 'yun e. Siningit ko para maimbestigahan kayo dahil walang nag-iimbestiga sa inyo. Tira kayo ng tira pero sino naman kinakasuhan ninyo?" Tulfo said.

"Si Trillanes nasabit nga sa DAP hindi ninyo inimbestigahan. O kahit man lang pa-press release na lang, Ombudsman. 'Yung kay De Lima noon, kahit man lang sabihin niyo na lang na, 'We will try to investigate De Lima.' Wala eh. Wala kayong nabangit na ganun. Kahit na pa-consoelo de bobo na lang ang lintek ha. Hindi pa kayo putang-ina nagsalita. Eh obvious na obvious na, ma'am. It's so fucking obvious na kayo ay ginagamit ng dilawan," Tulfo added.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines earlier said that the Office of the Ombudsman is "an independent body" and "must be insulated from political pressure," especially from Mr. Duterte, who has vowed to arrest officials of the anti-graft body who will not cooperate to investigations of his proposed "independent" commission.

“The creation of another body either by executive issuance or by an act of Congress that effectively defeats the independence and flexibility needed by the ombudsman in the discharge of her duties is, at best, constitutionally suspect,” IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said in a statement.

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