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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, May 21, 2012
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commends Morales

Civil Society convenors in Negros Occidental yesterday commended Ombudsman Conchita Morales for what they called her “courageous, clear and credible testimony” on the allegations of money laundering by Chief Justice Renato Corona at his Senate impeachment trial.

Morales objectively and fairly gave her views on the matter that have been seen by the public as the crucial turning point to the impeachment case with the revelation of the Anti-money Laundering Council report on the existence of an estimated $10 to 12 million deposited in various banks in the name of Corona, the civil society convenors said in a statement.

The chief justice is set to take the witness stand tomorrow, but most sectors believe the revelations of Morales will be extremely difficult for him to explain or deny considering the objective report of the AMLAC, the statement said.

Considering that this crucial report was facilitated by Morales, she fully deserves the commendation and gratitude of the citizenry for her courageous and creditable testimony, it added.

“Morales rises high above her peers in upholding the truth and redeeming the tainted integrity of the Philippine public service in her present position,” the statement said.

The civil society convenors who signed the statement are Nana Yulo, Cesar Ligahon, Roger Balderas, Roque Hofilena, Nap Dojillo, Alex Ozoa, Leo Gaje III, Omon Maravilla, Dr. Bernaldo Eres, Antonio Yap, Ed Gamboa, Gregorio Hofilena, Lina Hilado and Hazel Aghon.*

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