Philippine House of Representatives Impeaches Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

The lower house of the Philippine Congress impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez early Tuesday.   Dean Jorge Bocobo on twitter said, “210 votes to impeach is a resounding indictment of the Ombudsman I was hoping for two thirds majority but this really sends Senate a message.”  There were 47 Congressmen who voted against, while 4 abstained.

The final vote would be 211 yes votes, as Representative JV Ejercito changed his vote from no to yes.

Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a statement said, “The House, in transmitting the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, now has the task to vigorously and effectively make its case to the combined juries of the Senate sitting as the Court of Impeachment, and to the Filipino people who will be sitting in judgment on the entire process. This is the glory of democracy: where the law applies to all, where scrutiny exempts no one, and where accountability is for our institutions to exact.”

Merceditas Gutierrez becomes the 2nd official in the Philippines to be Impeached by the House of Representatives.  The articles of impeachment will be transmitted to the Senate, where the upper chamber will organize themselves to try the Ombudsman.


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      • Bert ,

        Merceditas’ goose is cooked. Six articles of impeachment, SIX, and that’s a big number to hurdle. Remember, just one of them to convict will effectively put her in the slummer, or so I understand.

        Sorry if I’m wrong.

        • Thai anton ,

          kangaroo court begins, headed by P noynoy abnoy.

          • Bert ,

            it’s really a bad day for Lubao folks, :).

          • UP nn grad ,

            Oh, wow, that’s a huge majority. The percent is higher than PresiNoynoy’s majority-percentage-win for president, which suggests Parliamentary-form can keep sending him to be the Cory-Aquino of Pilipinas for years even longer than Ferdinand Marcos.

            • UP nn grad ,

              but the congress who voted impeach must know something. Now, just think about it. With Merci there, then the odds that their shenanigans get Ombuds-ded…. practically zero. I know one votes impeach — reason/vengeance. But why the other alrleady korap in Congress (or they who think they will be korap before they get voted out)… why vote impeach-impeach?

              So the members of Congress are Supra-OKAY, after all (except for mother-son team, plus members of the Marcos clan). That’s good, really good. Pilipinas class C-D-E know how to vote, whaddddya know.

            • manuelbuencamino ,

              The number who voted to impeach amazed me. More than 2/3 of the House! And pundits were saying the pro-impeachment force would be lucky if they got about 120 votes.

              What I like best about the vote is President Aquino did not have to hand out envelopes like his predecessor did. I hope the signals the beginning of the end for the pera-pera lang morality that blossomed under Gloria.

              Parang biglang nagkakarespeto na ako sa mga kongresista natin.

              • UP nn grad ,

                Things are looking good, things are looking good, walang envelopes, walang mahirap.

              • Bert ,

                My crystal ball says Merceditas will be resigning anytime very soon before the start of the Senate impeachment hearings.

                If my crystal ball is wrong then I guess I’ll have to dispose of it and switch to tarrot cards.

                • UP nn grad ,

                  I really hope Merci stands her ground. To resign is to admit guilt. Who is she trying to make life easy for, Presidente Noynoy?

                  Let Pilipinas witness an impeachment which is not followed by Pilipinas showtime PeoplePower (serviceMark). That will make good high school textbook material.

                  • raggster ,

                    On the one hand, I hope not. Letting her resign is like letting her escape responsibility.

                    On the other hand, depending on the quality of evidence there is, letting her resign may at least allow the government to pursue criminal charges that much faster.

                    People win either way.