Camarines Norte, Ph (March 3, 2017) – The Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon, Chief Administrative Officer MARIA LUISA V. VELASQUEZ of the Case Records Evaluation, Monitoring and Enforcement Bureau (CREMEB) assured that the Ombudsman Field Investigation Bureau is acting on the plunder complaint initiated by Samahang Gagabay Sa Interes Ng Pagbabago Ng Bayan (SAGIP-BAYAN), Inc., and VACC-Camarines Norte against Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado.
The latest verification update of the case from the Ombudsman was requested by Mr. Romelito I. Fenix, representing the complainants. On February 7, 2017, Fenix wrote Ombudsman Morales to make a follow-up of their complaint dated May 3, 2014 against Tallado and others, under docket number FF-L-14-0490.
He also mentioned a separate complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against Edgardo A. Tallado, et. al., dated September 11, 2015 which according to Fenix he was one among the witnesses mentioned in the said NBI complaint.
Afterwards, On February 10, 2017 NATIVIDAD T. ABENIR, Chief of the Ombudsman Central Records Division has forwarded to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon, thru ATTY. EXPEDITO O. ALLADO, JR., OIC/Acting Director of the Case Records Evaluation, Monitoring and Enforcement Bureau (CREMEB) the follow-up letter for case status of Mr. Fenix.
THREE (3) YEARS OF STRUGGLE
After three (3) years of consistent struggle against corruption complainant still demanding for early resolution to help restore the confidence of the people and to prove true the “WAR ON CORRUPTION”, declared by PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE.
On November 10, 2014, after verification from the Ombudsman Case Records Management Unit (CRMU) disclosed that the said complaint is undergoing fact-finding investigation and evaluation.
PLUNDER CASE STATUS
On February 16, 2017, records verification shows that the case has been referred to the Field Investigation Bureau for fact-finding investigation.
According to Fenix, the “QUEST FOR ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE”, for the people of Camarines Norte is still under justice delayed.
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
Justice delayed is justice denied is rightly the present scenario of Camarines Norte. Justice though is difficult to define, but can be said that it varies according to situations and persons. Since we live in a democratic country like Philippines where people are governed by the laws of the country it is very important to deliver justice on time to the victims to prevent the miscarriage of justice. It is rightly called the shield of innocence and the guardian of civil right. This is so because, like Martin Luther King Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. (The FENIX Files)