Martires Is New Ombudsman

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday announced here that he has appointed Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new Ombudsman.

Duterte made the announcement during his speech in a program held at the town plaza as the guest of honor of the 69th “Araw ng Ipil.”

“I signed his appointment today,” Duterte announced in a crowd of government officials and employees as well as police and military officials.

“I told him to do what is right,” the President said, when asked what his marching orders were to the new chief government graft-buster.

Martires has replaced Conchita Carpio-Morales, who stepped down on Thursday after she completed her seven-year term as the country’s ombudsman.

Duterte and party arrived here shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday and was welcomed by Gov. Wilter Palma and other provincial and municipal officials of Ipil.

Martires finished his law degree in San Beda College. He and the President are members of Lex Talionis fraternity. He was appointed to the High Court in March 2017 after serving the Sandiganbayan for 12 years.

Like Martires, Morales was an associate justice of the SC prior to her appointment as Ombudsman in 2011.

She was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III. (PNA)