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The Philippine Ombudsman (Fil: Tanodbayan) is an ombudsman responsible for investigating and prosecuting government officials in the Philippinesmarker who are allegedly guilty of crimes.

The Offices of the Ombudsman independently monitor the government and all three of its branches. The Ombudsman is also responsible for receiving complaints from citizens, organizations, corporations, etc from the country. The Ombudsman usually prosecutes officials who are allegedly involved in acts of graft and corruption. But recently, cases regarding officials who are involved allegedly in the rape of women, and the murder of political opponents, independent journalists and other members of the media, are quite common.

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 the their respective divisions and/or bureaus.

Top Officials of the Office of the Ombudsman

Name Position
Hon. MA. MERCEDITAS NAVARRO-GUTIERREZ Ombudsman
Hon. ORLANDO C. CASIMIRO Over-all Deputy Ombudsman
Hon. VICTOR C. FERNANDEZ Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon
Hon. PELAGIO S. Apostol Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas
Hon. EMILIO A. GONZALES Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao
Hon. HUMPHREY T. MONTEROSO Deputy Ombudsman for Military
Hon. DENNIS M. VILLA-IGNACIO Special Prosecutor


For more information: Office of the Ombudsman Official Website

List of Ombudsmen

Ombudsman Term of Office
Conrado M. Vasquez 1988-1995
Aniano A. Desierto 1995-2002
Simeon V. Marcelo 2002-2005
Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez 2005-Present


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