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Palace reminds Ombudsman: President enjoys immunity file photo of the Office of the Ombudsman's main office in Quezon City.
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MANILA – Malacanang has reminded the Office of the Ombudsman that President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys immunity from suit.

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar was reacting to a declaration by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales that her office will pursue an investigation in connection with a case filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Duterte.

”The President enjoys immunity while in office and the Ombudsman, although she may investigate, cannot discipline or remove a sitting President,” Andanar said in a press statement.

Andanar recognized the mandate of the Ombudsman to act on complaints against government employees and officials.

”However, whether this will become a case against the President is an entirely different matter,” he said.

Trillanes has filed a case against President Duterte for allegedly hiring ghost employees when the President was still Davao City mayor.

Morales said the Office of the Ombudsman has acted on Trillanes’ complaint against President Duterte.