Embattled Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez has just resigned her position. She turned her resignation letter over to President Benigno Aquino. Her resignation takes effect May 6.
In a press conference, Gutierrez said that she tendered her resignation out of her respect to the Filipino People and her family. Gutierrez said that she does not want to waste the time of the Senate and Congress.
Close sources of Gutierrez however revealed that anxiety attacks, pressures from the Arroyo camp and family pressure forced the Ombudsman to resign.
With Gutierrez’s resignation, President Aquino expressed his thanks because the Nation can now move forward. There are at least twenty priority bills pending before the House.
He already directed groups to nominate Gutierrez’s replacement.
With the impeachment trial now a thing of the past, Ilocos Norte Congressman Farinas said it would now be easier to go after former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arroyo has been slapped with plunder charges by a Filipino attorney. The case stemmed from alleged illegal diversions of the Overseas Filipino Worker’s fund to election-related purposes. Also charged with Arroyo were her former Health secretary Francisco Duque, Labor secretary Baldoz and former Foreign affairs secretary Alberto Romulo.
Arroyo is still abroad, yet her spokesperson Fajardo-Horn said the charge sheet was “full of holes”.
With Gutierrez out of the picture, it would now be easier to prosecute erring Arroyo officials since graft charges can now be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman. Constitutionally, the Ombudsman is the Constitutional body tasked to investigate charges of graft and corruption.
Though Gutierrez resigned, she will still face criminal charges since her resignation does not absolve her from these crimes heaped against her.