Pandemic not an excuse for incompetence, says ex-Ombudsman Morales

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MANILA, Philippines — Government officials should not use the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse for shortcomings and incompetence, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales stressed on Friday.

Speaking before graduates of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, Morales noted that while people are living in unprecedented times with the last pandemic being over a century ago, this should not be a reason to relax standards on politicians and even allow the disregard of laws.

“This pandemic is a first of its kind in recent times. Given the novelty of the global dilemma, others are positing that we can afford to give our leaders some slack, considering that nobo…

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