Martires wants Duterte's ex-lawyer to name 'parking fee' perpetrators

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Newly-appointed Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — Newly-appointed Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Monday said he would "demand" President Rodrigo Duterte's former lawyer Edna Batacan to identify the people involved in an alleged corrupt practice in the anti-graft body.

"I will be demanding, not requesting, demanding for Atty. Batacan for her to identify na binigyan niya ng pera as parking fee," Martires told reporters.

In a public interview with the Judicial and Bar Council in June, Batacan called the Ombudsman "graft-ridden," saying some prosecutors keep cases on hold in exchange of "parking fee." She even claims to be a victim of the corrupt practice.

"They have such a thing as parking fee in that office. When the case is filed and it's under preliminary investigation, they will say, 'Okay, I will just keep it on hold, for resolution. I will just keep it on hold then you pay me parking fee," he said.

Batacan was among the applicants for the Ombudsman position, but she failed to make it to the shortlist.

Martires, however, said he is not yet considering to file a case against Batacan.

"I don't want to go into that at the moment. I just want her to cooperate with us,"  the new top graft-buster said.

Martires also said he would look into inordinate delay in the Office of the Ombudsman that cause the dismissal of some high-profile cases. Such a delay occurs when prosecutors take too long in investigating before filing a case.

"I have to give priority to inordinate delay para hindi sinasabi ng taong bayan na ang tagal na mga kaso," he said.

Martires, an outgoing Supreme Court associate justice, is set to formally assume his new post on Wednesday.

CNN Philippines' Robert Vergara and AC Nicholls contributed to this report.