THE Ombudsman could not discipline or oust President Rodrigo Duterte despite pursuing an investigation against him, a Palace official said Sunday.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has said that her office will continue with the probe against Duterte following the plunder complaint filed against him by Senator Antonio Trillanes even before he assumed the presidency.
"We all know that part of the constitutional mandate of the Ombudsman is to act on complaints against government employees and officials, including the complaint filed by Senator Trillanes against the President when he was still mayor of Davao City," Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.
However, whether this will become a case against the President is an entirely different matter, he said.
"The President enjoys immunity while in office and the Ombudsman, although she may investigate, cannot discipline or remove a sitting President," the Palace official stressed.
Duterte allegedly hired ghost employees at the Davao City Hall when he was still its mayor.
Morales has inhibited in the investigation being conducted by the Ombudsman against Duterte because she is the aunt-in-law of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the President's daughter. (SDR/Sunnex)