No “MERCI” – Ombudsman Impeached

March 22, 2011

After marathon debates lasting until early morning and a vote of 212-46, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez paving the way for her trial at the Senate. The lower house, in effect, found probable cause against Gutierrez and approved the seven-page House Resolution No. 1089 containing the six articles of impeachment. Gutierrez is being charged with betrayal of public trust for her dismal conviction record and failing to promptly act and investigate the Euro Generals Scandal, the Fertilizer Fund  scam, the NBN-ZTE deal, the Mega Pacific deal and the murder of Navy Ensign Philip Pestaño. Focus now shifts to the Senate, which under the Constitution has the sole power of sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment.

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