Statement of President Aquino on the resignation of Ombudsman Gutierrez



His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III

President of the Philippines

On the resignation of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

[Delivered on April 29, 2011]

This morning, Merceditas Gutierrez personally submitted to me her resignation as our country’s Ombudsman, effective May 6.

Her action has spared the country from a long and divisive impeachment process that would have distracted our lawmakers from dealing with the many problems we face today.

It also paves the way for the appointment of a new Ombudsman.

I thank the House of Representatives. I now urge the Judicial and Bar Council to begin the search for a new Ombudsman. With the support of the public, we can now proceed more decisively in making government officials more accountable to their bosses, the Filipino people.

Thank you.

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  • UP nn grad

    With distraction of impeachment gone . . . Presi-Noynoy and Congress has time for Freedom-Information Law.

    The CBCP is probably sweating beads-perspiration because Presi-Noynoy has more time to lead, influence, push, cajole and put focus on Reproductive Health Law. Go, Presi-Noynoy!!! Halikinu, fabi-lioh!