Ombudsman Impeachment - House Resolution No. 1089 finally ended the ombudsman impeachment trial against Merceditas Gutierrez, for the Lower House at least.
After a 7-hour marathon session, the House voted 212 for impeachment, 46 against impeachment while 4 abstained. Only 95 votes were needed to impeach.
The resolution is on its way to the House of Senate and will form as basis of the Articles of Impeachment. It basically, includes proof of Ombudsman Gutierrez’ low conviction rate and inaction on the NBN-ZTE scam the “Euro generals” scandal, the fertilizer fund scandal, the Philip Pestano case, and the Mega-Pacific deal.
Representative Edcel Lagman’s, a member of the minority, move to hold the impeachment in abeyance pending investigation to the blackmail sent via text message saying that Congressmen who will vote against Gutierrez’ impeachment will have their Priority Development Assistance Fund withheld.
Lagman also questioned the railroading of the proceedings even when the Supreme Court is yet to make a final decision on Gutierrez’ petition to quash the House’ proceedings against her.
Malacañang was happy about the news. It’s not really surprising considering that they’ve been trying to hound Gloria’s men ever since Noynoy was inaugurated.
On other news, absentee congressman, Manny Pacquiao voiced out his stand against the impeachment of Ombudsman Gutierrez via Twitter which gained him a lot of critics.
Pacquiao Tweeted: “I vote NO! and I can give my explanation thanks.” No explanation followed though.
His account got flooded with comments about his presence in the plenary. One commenter even said that “to h*ll with @congmp. Why the f**k did you run for congress when you know you’d barely be present?”
Manny then tweeted, for the last time, perhaps : “Sorry everyone but hanggang dito nalang delete ko na account ko thank you very much to all your support.”
His account remains active at this moment.
Merisi kay paeffect.