Malacañang dismisses Deputy Ombudsman Carandang over corruption

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Dismissal order of Overall Deputy Ombudsman for the betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang issued on Wednesday (August 1) a dismissal order against overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang.

The order, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, states that Carandang’s dismissal was due to the administrative complaints filed against him including graft, corruption, and betrayal of public trust filed against him.

The complaint stemmed from Carandang’s expose of the alleged fabricated bank records of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Carandang’s acts of making public statements about allegations in an ongoing investigation were in breach of his duty to protect confidential information.”

“The Office of the President found that the same acts demonstrated manifest partiality and violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” he added.

Roque said the decision was reached after giving Carandang the appropriate opportunity to respond to the charges made against him. – Rosalie Coz

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