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Lagman says prospect of impeach raps vs Ombudsman succeeding ‘far-fetched’

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Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman predicted that the planned impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales would not prosper in spite of President Duterte’s diatribes against her.

“I think those aligned with the President must be seriously preparing an impeachment complaint against the Ombudsman,” he said.

As for the chances of the complaint succeeding, Lagman said, “Well, considering that many are of the opinion that we are to preserve the independence of the Ombudsman, the prospect of that impeachment complaint may be rather far-fetched.”

A House resolution expressing support for the Ombudsman has been signed by 26 House members, most of them from the Liberal Party.

However, the vote of only one-third of the 292-seat House of Representatives is needed to impeach a sitting official.