I think I wrote about this subject a couple of times. The last one was titled ‘The Ombudsman we ought to have.”
I said then that Conchita Carpio-Morales ranked high among PNoy’s choices. She was always the President’s favorite.
But, I was hoping against hope that PNoy will let Carpio-Morales rest after spending 40 years of her life in government service. Needless to say age was getting to be a liability, although her mental faculties, perhaps, haven’t lost its luster.
I thought many felt the same way that somebody younger has to be at the helm of the office of the Ombudsman.
In fact many prayed for divine intervention that somehow PNoy will be able to see that lawyer Gerard Mosquera was just as highly regarded, as a person and as a professional, and his qualification was as sterling as that of Carpio-Morales.
Mosquera wasn’t meant to be.
In President Benigno Aquino’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA), he named former Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales as the new Ombudsman.
It didn’t surprise me really.
Aquino himself chose Morales to administer his oath of office back in 2010.
PNoy knew that Morales’ loyalty to him was far more stronger than her loyalty to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who appointed her to the Supreme Court.
Simply said, PNoy knows her better. That is all there is to it.