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Republic of the Philippines HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Quezon City, Metro Manila TWELFTH CONGRESS First Regular Session HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 306 ______________________________________________________________________________________ Introduced by Reps. SATUR C. OCAMPO, CRISPIN B. BELTRAN, LIZA L. MAZA ______________________________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR IMPEACHMENT OF OMBUDSMAN ANIANO DESIERTO AND MOVING THAT THIS RESOLUTION BE CONSOLIDATED W ITH THAT OF REP. OSCAR MORENO ON THE SAME ISSUE, AND URGING THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT THE CONSOLIDATED RESOLUTION AND GIVE IT IMMEDIATE DUE COURSE WHEREAS, the Ombudsman is a public officer mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution to act as “protector of the people” who must serve them with utmost responsibility and integrity at all times, safeguard their interests by acting promptly on complaints filed against public officials and employees, and investigate illegal acts of public officials and employees and their co-principals and accomplices and prosecute them; WHEREAS, a verified complaint for the impeachment of Ombudsman Aniano Desierto, dated November 6, 2001, has been filed by Atty. Ernesto B. Francisco Jr., charging said Ombudsman with bribery, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution under Sections 1, 12 and 13 (1), in relation to Sections 2 and 3, all of Article XI of the Constitution; WHEREAS, the foregoing charges stemmed from the commission by Ombudsman Desierto of direct bribery and failure to prosecute violators of the law and toleration of offenses which are punishable under Articles 210 and 208, respectively, of the Revised Penal Code and his violation of the constitutional duties of the Ombudsman as a public officer; WHEREAS, Atty. Francisco's complaint is not the first against Ombudsman Desierto whose record as the country’s official graft-buster has long been tainted with controversy due to questionable actions like the refusal to press corruption charges for unconvincing reasons against high-ranking government officials accused of involvement in billion-peso scams, the downgrading of the criminal liability of then police general Panfilo Lacson in the Kuratong Baleleng rub-out case and the dismissal of cases against former First Lady Imelda Marcos and known Marcos cronies on such dubious technical grounds as prescription, a move that has earned the rebuke of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; WHEREAS, Ombudsman Desierto’s inefficient handling of the prosecution of the historic criminal cases against deposed President Joseph Estrada, as seen in the filing of several criminal cases instead of one case for plunder and in the delayed prosecution of Estrada co-accused Jaime Dichaves, has not ceased to stir alarm among the broad ranks of the Filipino people who fought for Estrada’s impeachment and ouster; WHEREAS, all these grave charges against Ombudsman Desierto have strong and serious implications on his credibility as the nation’s chief public prosecutor tasked with serving as the official watchdog against graft and corruption and observing the highest standards of ethics, efficiency, accountability and justice; WHEREAS, there is now a pending Resolution sponsored by Hon. Oscar S. Moreno, representative of the First District of Misamis Oriental, endorsing the said verified complaint of Atty. Ernesto Francisco Jr. for the impeachment of Ombudsman Aniano Desierto; WHEREAS, it would be more efficient and practical if all Resolutions of similar nature be consolidated into one Resolution; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as the undersigned hereby resolve, to endorse the verified complaint for the impeachment of Ombudsman Aniano Desierto and recommend that this Resolution be consolidated with the Resolution of Rep. Oscar Moreno, and that the consolidated Resolution be supported and given immediate due course by the House of Representatives. Adopted, 14 November 2001.


SATUR C. OCAMPO

CRISPIN B. BELTRAN

LIZA L. MAZA


HR 306 - Impeach Ombudsman