Ombudsman Merci Gutierrez resigns; PNoy accepts

Ombudsman Merci Gutierrez has resigned. Anthony Taberna of radio station DZMM said that a 1 page resignation letter was submitted to President Aquino, and it will take effect on 6 May. The President has accepted the resignation of Merceditas Gutierrez.

This news comes as the Ombudsman was set to be tried in the Senate for breach of the public trust.

Black and White movement has issued a statement regarding this development. Here is a snippet:

“The threat of justice must have been too much for Merceditas Gutierrez to bear. Although a conviction through an impeachment trial was a desired outcome, the Black and White Movement joins our country in welcoming her resignation.”

Senators welcomed the news positively. Senator Escudero commends the Ombudsman’s statemanship. Senate President Enrile says that Impeachment Trial may not push through, but warns that resignation does not absolve the Ombudsman of any liability.

GMANews tweeted a senior palace official revealed that President Aquino has accepted the resignation, but refused to comment until official announcement is made.

On twitter, many are welcoming this development.

@ellobofilipino tweeted, “Merci’s resignation would be a news event I would want to know more about later than the Royal Wedding. #philippines #news #impeachment”

@FlowGalindez writes, “Merceditas Gutierrez nag-resign na! (sa wakas)”

@deantastic wrote “LOLOL uhh Merci? a bit too late to think about national interest, I think.”

@PhauraReinz went, “so gutierrez resigned… ???? oomg.. omg!!!!”

@nerveending says, “Now that Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez has resigned, the overall deputy is the Acting Ombudsman until President Aquino appoints a new Ombudsman from a list from the Judicial and Bar Council.”

Photo credit: Malacanang Photo Bureau

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  • UP nn grad

    Noynoy should accelerate the strengthening of the impartiality of the Ombudsman by making it the Truth Commission-2010/11 engine to convict GMA of NTN-broadband or Le Cirque or Macapagal highway.

    Hilario Davide would be a logical choice, why not him?

    • Bert

      Because, first, his hands got stained while CJ of SC, and second, he can’t possibly prosecute with impartial judgment Le Cirque and NBN broadband without biting the hands that fed him during the past administration. He’s not fit for the job for reason of reasonable doubt on his integrity and loyalty.

      • UP nn grad

        makes sense about “NO” for Davide.

        Then Noynoy should get better — an impartial Ombudsman who knows that GMA should be convicted of NTN-broadband or Macapagal highway or something. Tax evasion… anything.

        • Bert

          Well, you can say that, UP n, though that’s not what I’m saying.

          It would be better if Noynoy get an impartial Ombudsman who’s really impartial, one who can dispense with justice justly and fairly based on the neutral truth and unmanufactured evidence, one with integrity and known probity.

          That, UP n, would be enough and sufficient qualifications.

          Rene Saguisag, if I may mention a name, would be quite nearer to that description, though I’m not quite sure about his political inclination. But that’s better than being a ‘water lily’ or a ‘bat’ who can literally and easily flow whichever the tide or the tide of battle is flowing like what we have seen of Davide or some others, if you can get my drift.

          • UP nn grad

            Four or five years ago, Noynoy became “Garci-garci” vocal against GMA. Then this escalated especially during the elections where Noynoy used “…I am against the corruption of the GMA administration” as campaign engine.

            Merci resignation gives Noynoy the chance . . . so my opinion is that Noynoy will reject any candidate for Ombudsman who does not put super-high priority to one or several court-cases about corruption — Gloria M Arroyo.

  • At least thanks to Merci, we will be spared from those senators who would try to be scene stealers during the televised impeachment trial ;-D She saved us a lot of taxpayers’ money because the senate will no longer hold the trial.

    • Bert

      Ah, Eyriche, so it’s Merci the hero and the the senators the villain now, is it?

      • Cocoy

        I share Eyriche’s sentiment. At least the tax payers will be saved some expense. And the senate can now get on with the priority measures that the President has tasked Congress to pass.

        The ball is now in the President’s corner to find an Ombudsman that would investigate for real President Arroyo.

        • Bert

          Agree with you, Cocoy, and with Eyriche, too, except that casting bad motive on the senators who are just task to do their constitutional duty is I think unfair to those senators.

    • UP nn grad

      Eyriche: Pilipinas should be willing to pay the price for knowledge. Saving taxpayer’s money is just the price to pay for Pilipinas to see on TV who of their senators are worth it and who are lazy bums.

      Much more important (in my opinion) — Pilipinas needs an opportunity to listen to the charges against the Arroyo administration, and what the Department of Justice or what the Ombudsman had done or had not done about them.

      Le Circque is a simple example — was there an audit of the expenses? NTN broadband another — was Ombudsman pressured (that Malacanang threatened Merci with firing if she did not cooperate) to go easy on “broadband”?

      • manuelbuencamino

        Maybe Merci resigned in order not to answer those questions.

        I think she saved Gloria as much as she saved tax money.

        • UP nn grad

          maybe Merci has been promised her retirement-funds not affected if she resigns now. It also means Noynoy gets to have his own Ombudsman appointee — win-Win.

          • Bert

            Or, maybe, just maybe, Merci was threatened to resign by some powerful person to avoid being implicated in the the event of an impeachment or other trials, and that’s why she’s asking Noynoy not to remove her security.

    • UP nn grad

      And then, for many weeks or months, the Constitutional Checks-and-Balances have been unbalanced.

      Malacanang can threaten to fire the Overall Deputy Ombudsman.

      But this is quibbling over details, hane?!