Ombudsman to ex-records officer: Explain 7-month delay in Mamasapano case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Mamasapano case was delayed for seven months before it could finally reach the Sandiganbayan.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is not happy about it — and is now ordering the former chief records officer of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to explain the delay.

"I issued a show-cause order to the former chief records officer of the OSP when she did not file the information contrary to the standing order of the Ombudsman that if you submit a case for filing, it should be within a reasonable time," Carpio Morales told reporters Wednesday at the sidelines of an event.

Carpio Morales explained the case was apparently held up in the records division last year, when the division was overseen by someone who she referred to as "Attorney Cagat-Cagat."

A source identified the records officer as Alma Cagat-Cagat, who left her position as records chief last December and is now a prosecutor for the Office of the Ombudsman.

"So it was the incoming records officer who was able to discover that there had been some informations which were due for filing but which were not filed by her," Carpio Morales said.

The Ombudsman came out with a final resolution finding probable cause to indict former Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima and former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas over the incident back in June 2016.

Read: Ombudsman affirms Mamasapano charges vs. Purisima, Napeñas

But because of the delay in the special prosecutor's records office, the charges for graft and usurpation of authority against Purisima and Napeñas were only filed before the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday.

Carpio Morales said Cagat-Cagat may face administrative and criminal charges if it is proven she was intentionally delaying the filing of cases in court.