Ombudsman of the Philippines

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Office of the Ombudsman of the Philippines
Tanodbayan ng Pilipinas
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Agency overview
Formed 1988
Jurisdiction Philippines
Headquarters Agham Road, Quezon City, Philippines
Agency executive
  • Conchita Carpio-Morales, Ombudsman
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Ombudsman of the Philippines

The Ombudsman of the Philippines (Filipino: Tanodbayan ng Pilipinas[1]) is an ombudsman responsible for investigating and prosecuting Philippine government officials accused of crimes, especially graft and corruption.


Per 1987 Philippine Constitution, the Office of the Ombudsman independently monitors all three branches of the government. The Ombudsman is also responsible for receiving complaints from citizens and organizations from the country. The Ombudsman usually prosecutes officials accused of graft and corruption. The charges are then usually filed at the Sandiganbayan.

The Offices of the Ombudsman includes the Ombudsman's own office, along with offices for a team composed of a Sheriff, the Ombudsman's second in command, and 6 other deputies who lead their respective divisions and/or bureaus.


The Ombudsman and its subordinates are appointed by the President of the Philippines from a list submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council for a non-renewable seven-year term. The Ombudsman can be removed from office only through impeachment.

Name Position
Conchita Carpio-Morales Tanodbayan (Ombudsman)
Melchor A. Carandang Over-all Deputy Ombudsman
Gerard A. Mosquera Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon
Paul Elmer M. Clemente Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas
Rodolfo M. Elman Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao
Cyril E. Ramos Deputy Ombudsman for Military and Police
Melchor A. Carandang (Acting in capacity) Special Prosecutor

List of Ombudsman[edit]

Ombudsman Term of Office
Conrado M. Vasquez 1988–1995
Aniano A. Desierto 1995–2002
Simeon V. Marcelo 2002–2005
Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez 2005–2011[2]
Conchita Carpio-Morales 2011–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1987 Constitution of the Philippines". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 24 October 2015. SECTION 5. There is hereby created the independent Office of the Ombudsman, composed of the Ombudsman to be known as Tanodbayan, one overall Deputy and at least one Deputy each for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. A separate Deputy for the military establishment may likewise be appointed. 
  2. ^ "Ombudsman submits resignation to PNoy". ABS-CBN News. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 

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