For the first time in 30 years, the Ombudsman’s Act is set to be amended, something the country’s incumbent Ombudsman John Walters has said will arm the office with much-needed ammunition, broaden its mandate, and guarantee its autonomy. The envisaged bill expressly provides for the independence of the ombudsman, Walters told Future Media News, and will empower the office to initiate investigations rather than waiting on the public to file complaints.