After exhaustive debate on due process and on the existence of probable cause, the House Committee on Justice finally ruled on the existence of probable cause on the two impeachment complaints against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, 39-9-1; 39-6-1. During the said voting, Rep. Rodolfo Farinas, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Justice, received a text message from Speaker Sonny Belmonte saying that the Supreme Court junks with finality Merci's motion for reconsideration, voting 7-5-2. With these, the Committee will draft the articles of impeachment and will bring it on the plenary for debates that will start on March 15-16.
So where will Merci go now? Apparently, with her discourtesy and arrogance, the Ombudsman has no choice but to face these raps on her. She has no one on her side now (well, except her nunal).
> Rep. Em Aglipay's bedroom voice. (Hot)
> Rep. Cagas quotes on the Bible, "He who has not sinned cast the first stone." Then walks out (again!).
> Rep. Lagman shows the two feet high files submitted by the Ombudsman in reply. The stack was called "Obstruction of Justice"
>Rep. Lagman abstinence on the voting.
Amidst the hype of having the impeachment charges against Merci on the "off-to-plenary" level (historical indeed!), the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, headed by Sen. TG Guingona, released their recommendations after the investigation on the Garcia Plunder Case. One of the recommendations of the Committee is for the impeachment of Gutierrez. He even asked her to spare the country and resign from her post.
Although there are remarks that the Senate should have not said that this early because of the fairness issue about the ongoing impeachment raps vs Merci, I definitely agree on the call for her to resign. Having her tainted credibility, it would be easier for all of us if she will step down. After all, how can she suppose to fully commit on her post as the Ombudsman if she is busy enough protecting herself.
Let's just see what will happen next.