Merceditas Gutierrez, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s choice of ombudsman, now faces two impeachment complaints now being heard in a single proceeding by the House justice committee.
Previous impeachment proceedings against Gutierrez failed when the House of Representatives was still controlled by a pro-Arroyo majority. The new proceeding should have a different outcome. It is only reasonable to expect that the new majority, led by partymates of President Benigno Aquino III, would muster the political will to impeach Gutierrez in the House and send her to the Senate for an impeachment trial.
Among others, Gutierrez is accused of sitting on many corruption cases against President Arroyo and her henchmen, like the ZTE-NBN, Euro Generals and fertilizer fund scandals. She is a known batchmate of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, whose reputation is not that immaculately clean.
Here are basic documents on one of the complaints against the Ombudsman which should help the public better understand the issue, take action to hold the Ombudsman accountable, and keep the pressure on Congress to do the right thing, which is to impeach, try and convict her. Impeachment is the constitutional process to remove an erring Ombudsman and other officials of government.
Full Text: Impeachment Complaint vs. Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez
Affidavit of Impeachment vs. Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez
Bayan Letter to House Justice Committee on Gutierrez Impeachment
Click here to view the other impeachment complaint against Gutierrez.