The Office of the Ombudsman junks Trillanes' plunder case vs Duterte: "closed and terminated"

Manila, Philippines – On Tuesday, The Ombudsman has junked the plunder case against President Rodrigo Duterte filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes.

According to a report from CNN, the probe was closed due to lack of sufficient evidence and merit to proceed.

This news was also initially revealed by the Solicitor General Jose Calida in a press briefing.

Calida said that Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang sent a letter to him stating that the plunder case against the president has ended, "was already closed and terminated as early as November 29, 2017." – the letter stated.

"It means there is no evidence to support that complaint," Calida explained, adding that it was also lack of merit.

The letter reads: "Based on the record, the recommendation to terminate the investigation was approved by Deputy Ombudsman Cyril E. Ramos."

Calida, however, failed to secure a copy of the complaint filed by Trillanes due to confidentiality but requested from Carandang for an update to the said case as the lawyer.

"Because I am the lawyer of the president, I am the lawyer of the Republic, it is my duty to protect my client," he said.

A copy of the letter from the Ombudsman obtained via CNN

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