Columnist unmasks Deputy Ombudsman Carandang: A devotee of the Yellow Cult

Pinag-uusapan ngayon sa social media ang pahayag ng isang kolumnista ng The Manila Times kung saan kanyang ipinakilala ang di umano'y tunay na kulay ni Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang, ang nagsabi na nagbigay umano ang AMLC ng initial reports tungkol sa mga bank records ng Pangulo na naging laman sa mga balita nitong nakaraang araw.
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Subalit nito ring Huwebes, Setyembre 28, pinabulaanan agad ng AMLC ang pahayag ni Carandang. Hindi raw totoo na may binigay silang transaction records sa Ombudsman. Walang ding findings umano ang AMLC na may bilyon si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Dahil dito, ilang kilalang social media blogger ang kumastigo sa ginawa ni Carandang. Isa naman sa mga pinag-uusapang pahayag ngayon ang ginawang pagpapakilala ng kolumnistang si Bobi Tiglao kung sino nga ba ang Deputy Ombudsman.

Ayon sa kanyang Facebook post, si Carandang daw ay isang "devotee of the Yellow Cult". Ibinahagi rin ni Tiglao kung paano nagsimula ang karera ni Carandang sa ombudsman, maging ang mga kontrobersiya na kinasangkutan nito.

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Narito ang kabuuang pahayag ni Tiglao.

WHO IS CARANDANG?

It was Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang who claimed that Duterte had P1 bilion "money flows" in his account.

Who is Carandang? He appears to be a devotee of the Yellow Cult, together with his cousin, Aquino’s former communication officer Ricky Carandang, who I was told lobbied for his appointment. He was assistant ombudsman when Simeon Marcelo headed the agency. Marcelo has been the second top Yellow counselor, after Mar Roxas’ campaign manager Avelino (“Nonong”) Cruz.

Carandang left the Ombudsman’s office when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Merceditas Gutierrez to the post, whom President Aquino also pushed out. He rejoined it as consultant to Carpio-Morales when she took over in 2011. Aquino in 2013 appointed him Overall Deputy Ombudsman, the highest ranking official in the agency after Carpio-Morales, leap-frogging the much-longer-serving over 24 other deputy and assistant ombudsmen.

Aquino had to vigorously defend Carandang’s appointment since he had been charged several years back with robbery and extortion, in a case that stemmed from a corruption investigation involving a finance officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippine. The case, however, was dismissed by then Quezon City Chief Prosecutor Donald Lee.

Former vice president Jejomar Binay also had claimed during the past elections that it was Carandang who headed the Ombudsman’s efforts to pin him down with hidden bank accounts and graft charges against him and his family.