MANILA, Philippines – She is facing threats against her squarely, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said Thursday, May 31, after authorities found a grenade near her Muntinlupa City residence.
“It’s part of the risk. If it’s your time, it’s your time. I am just doing a job,” Morales told reporters.
In an intelligence report Wednesday, May 30, the Muntinlupa police said an M26 hand grenade was placed inside a suspicious container near the gate of Morales’ house in Muntinlupa City.
A security guard reportedly noticed an unidentified person in front of Morales’ house. The person immediately left when the guard was about to accost him. This was when the guard found the suspicious container containing the grenade.
The Muntinlupa police has stepped up security around Morales’ house.
Morales recently figured in the news when she appeared in ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial, presented by the defense as a hostile witness. Her testimony, among other things, led senator-judges to remove Corona from office Tuesday, May 29.
Calling Morales to testify was one of the defense lawyers’ key mistakes in Corona’s impeachment trial, said Jose Manuel Diokno, dean of the De La Salle University Law School, in an interview with Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa.
Morales also happens to be a cousin of magistrate Antonio Carpio, who serves as acting chief justice while President Benigno Aquino III is looking for Corona’s replacement.