Public officials are accountable to the people, not“sometimes”, not “often” times, but at ALL times and must servethem with utmost “responsibility and efficiency”. Section 1 of Article XI of the Constitution declares so:
Section 1. Public office is a public trust.
Public officers and employeesmust at all times be accountable to the people
, serve them with utmostresponsibility, integrity, loyalty, and
; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.
The Office of the Ombudsman was created by theConstitution precisely to ensure this.Under Article XI of the 1987 Constitution, the Office of theOmbudsman was created as an independent office duty-bound totake
on complaints filed against public officialsand other employees of the government. By fearlessly takingaction and by promptly investigating and prosecuting complaintsbrought before it, the Office the Ombudsman is envisioned to bethe bulwark in enforcing public accountability among publicofficials.
“Article XI: Accountability of Public Officers
Section 12. The Ombudsman and his Deputies, as protectors of the people,
shall act promptly
on complaints filed in any form or manner against public officials or employees of the Government, or any subdivision,agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, and shall, in appropriate cases, notify thecomplainants of the action taken and the result thereof.Section 13. The Office of the Ombudsman shall have the following powers, functions, and duties:
Investigate on its own, or on complaint by any person, any act or omission of any public official,employee, office or agency, when such act or omission
appears to be illegal, unjust, improper, or inefficient
Section 15 of the RA 6770 or the Ombudsman Law similarly provides:
Powers,Functions and Duties—
The Ombudsman shall give priority to complaints filedagainst high ranking government officials and/or those occupyingsupervisory positions xxx