By Meredith San Julian
Malacañang early this morning said that President Aquino and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile agreed, during a closed-door meeting late last night, that the impeachment trial of the embattled Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez scheduled on May 9 will no longer take place.
In a joint press briefing, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that “Sparing Ombudsman Gutierrez a lengthy trial is but humane and aligned with the President’s promise to the Filipino people of responding to their needs” and Sen. Enrile emphatically declared that “in light of the execution of our 3 kababayans in China, an impeachment trial is the last thing we need. Rather the Filipino nation needs to unite more than ever.”
Lacierda emphasized that Aquino worked closely with the members of his Cabinet in identifying arguments needed to convince the Senate that a Merci impeachment trial is unnecessary and doesn’t serve the public’s interest.
Lacierda and Enrile concluded the briefing on a happy note by holding hands and singing the lively Filipino folk song, Katakataka. Enrile even broke into a little jig at the end of the song.
In an interview with state-run radio dzRB, Aquino justified the decision as a part of his avowal to work harder in upholding his promise of change.
This more hard-hitting stance of the President is a response to the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys which indicated that there is a significant drop in Aquino’s public trust and approval ratings. The President said “to show the public that I am not entirely preoccupied with my second hand Porsche, which by the way I can’t drive for security reasons and bought with my own money, I will adopt a micro-management style of leadership which I learned from my Ateneo days.”
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About the author
Meredith San Julian – Merry, is an engaged 31 year old Filipina of Spanish and Arabian descent. She has a degree in linguistics from Erasmus University. She speaks 8 languages including Latin, German, Korean, Ilocano, Ket and Chimpanzee fluently. She regularly speaks at Harvard University-organized conferences all over the world. She is the keynote speaker of the HPAIR 2011 Asia Conference on August 19-23 at Yonsei University, Korea. Though engaged, she is open to explore intimate relationships with both genders.