Ombudsman urges Thomasians to fight corruption
“To be part of the nation is to care about what happens to it.”
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales encouraged Thomasians to take part in nation-building and join the campaign against corruption.
“To be part of the nation is to care about what happens to it,” Morales said during the 49th Saint Thomas Moore Lecture, Thursday, March 16.
As the head of the office that investigates crimes committed by public officials, Morales said that the core of public service is public trust.
“People’s trust can be regained through sustainable systems and reliable processes that would enforce a culture of accountability and integrity in the public service,” she said.
“Integrity starts with every Ombudsman employee,” she added.
The Ombudsman pointed out that government officials are not exempted from any law.
“No one claim that they are beyond the reach of the arms of the law.”
Morales also believes Filipino families can help in developing the nation’s integrity.
“A nation composed of united, honest, and responsible families begets an upright, transparent, and accountable government.”
With the emergence of social media, Morales encouraged everyone to be vocal against corruption.
“The long and narrow path to integrity is not easy,” Morales said. “The Ombudsman cannot do it without the Filipino people.”
Before serving as Ombudsman, Morales served as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court for 9 years. She was also a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service last year for her commitment to justice.
The St. Thomas More Lecture is held annually in celebration of the foundation week of the Faculty of Arts and Letters. Speakers from past lectures have featured the country’s most esteemed national artists, archbishops and politicians.- Philip Jamilla