By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte said he wants the country’s next Ombudsman to be a person with integrity and preferably not a woman or a politician.
The President has disclosed his preferred qualities for the position of Ombudsman that will be vacant when the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ends in July.
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has accepted nominations for the Ombudsman post, that reportedly included Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
“Mag-nominate sila pero I choose — Gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya [They will nominate but I will choose. I want a person admired by the people due to integrity]. Of course, it could not be politician lalo na hindi babae [especially not a woman],” the President said during an interview with reporters in Malacañang.
The President said he also plans to consult the public, including those at the Office of the Ombudsman, on the replacement of Morales.
“I’ll have to consult everybody. I will even have to consult the Ombudsman people, not Morales, and marami, para sigurado ‘yung gusto ng tao [and others to make sure the person is accepted by the people],” he said.
Asked if he will pick Bello to become the next Ombudsman, Duterte said in jest: “I will assign him to — as labor attaché to — doon sa Kuwait.”