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.”
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