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THE Of­fice of the Om­buds­man said Fri­day it will not be cowed by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte's threat to in­ves­ti­gate its of­fi­cials.

"Sorry, Mr. Pres­i­dent, but this Of­fice shall not be in­tim­i­dated," said the Om­buds­man in a state­ment.

Duterte has warned the Om­buds­man that he would cre­ate a com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate its of­fi­cials in the wake of the probe that the anti-graft body is also do­ing against Duterte and his fam­ily's al­leged un­de­clared bil­lions of pe­sos in dif­fer­ent banks.

The Om­buds­man said it "shall pro­ceed" with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Duterte's al­leged un­de­clared wealth as man­dated by the Con­sti­tu­tion.

"This Of­fice, all the same, wel­comes, as it has al­ways wel­comed, ef­forts to help it cleanse its ranks. Its In­ter­nal Af­fairs Board has, in fact, en­trapped and re­moved Om­buds­man of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees for var­i­ous of­fenses," it said.

The Om­buds­man said it also stands by its word re­gard­ing the doc­u­ments in its pos­ses­sion, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the bank trans­ac­tion records re­leased by the Anti-Money Laun­der­ing Coun­cil (AMLC).

AMLC, in a state­ment on Thurs­day, how­ever de­nied that it has re­leased records of the bank trans­ac­tions of the Pres­i­dent and his fam­ily.

"If the Pres­i­dent has noth­ing to hide, he has noth­ing to fear," the Om­buds­man said.

Over­all Deputy Om­buds­man Arthur Caran­dang has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Duterte and his fam­ily on their al­leged hid­den wealth fol­low­ing the com­plaint filed by Se­na­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV, the Pres­i­dent’s staunch critic.

The re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion could be used to file im­peach­ment com­plaint against Duterte. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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