Ombudsman resolves 6,677 cases in 2013

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, March 7 (PNA) — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has resolved 6,677 criminal and administrative cases for the year 2013, out of the combined year workload of 16,492, leaving a balance of 9,815 cases as of January 2014.

A total of 548 criminal complaints resulted in the filing of criminal cases in various courts.

In the Sandiganbayan alone, 961 cases were filed in 2013, which is the highest in the last 18 years and double than the 2012 figures.

Meanwhile, 790 administrative cases resulted in the imposition of penalties – ranging from fine to dismissal from the service – against erring public officers and employees.

Around 3% of the disposed cases were referred to other agencies or for further case build-up, while 75% and 80% of the administrative and criminal cases, respectively, were dismissed on various grounds such as lack of jurisdiction, prescription, condonation doctrine, lack of merit or want of probable cause, among others.

Out of the total criminal case workload of 8,193 (5,833 carried over from 2012 plus 2,360 newly instituted criminal cases for 2013), 39% or 3,186 criminal cases were disposed, thereby leaving a balance of 5,007 criminal cases carried over to 2014.

The Ombudsman noted that even if there was a 17% increase in the criminal case workload for 2013, it has managed to trim down the year-end docket for criminal cases by 14% from 5,833 in 2012 to 5,007 in 2013.

Cases for asset forfeiture were considered as criminal cases.

Out of the total administrative case workload of 8,299 (5,883 carried over from 2012 plus 2,416 newly instituted administrative cases for 2013), 42% or 3,491 administrative cases were disposed, thereby leaving a balance of 4,808 administrative cases carried over to 2014.

The Ombudsman also noted that even if there was a 10% increase in the administrative case workload for 2013, it has managed to decrease the year-end docket for administrative cases by 18% from 5,883 in 2012 to 4,808 in 2013. (PNA)