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Next Ombudsman should not be a political choice but a moral and legal one

Appointment of next Ombudsman should not be political

The reason why this country continues to slide down the corruption lane is simply, all of the government’s choices smack of politics. Example would have to be the choice for the next Ombudsman.

Several names have been floated and most of them, have, in one way or another, involved in highly controversial and not so flattering issues.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales is an Arroyo appointee and has strings with the previous dispensation.

Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno has many business and governmental interests, and he was once involved in some graft case.

Human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno is a good choice since his record as a human rights advocate has not been tainted by anything.

Former senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada has strong business links, having defended San MIguel corporation in their labor and corporate cases. He is also a political animal with various links with big-time personalities involved in one way or another, to graft cases.

Lastly former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rene Villa is not a saint himself. He is also involved in some graft case filed before the Sandiganbayan.

These names have been floated simply on the basis of their connections or relationships with the new administration. This administration should choose the next Ombudsman based on performance, morality and merit.

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