Impeachment of Ombudsman Gutierrez, A Victory for the People

Capt. Joenel Pogoy, the Air Force captain who was detained for two years after he exposed the corruption in the military, also attended the plenary session to show his support to the impeachment complaint against Gutierrez. In an interview with Bulatlat, Pogoy said the impeachment of Gutierrez will pave the way to exposing the corruption that happened in the previous government.

The Long Battle

Since the filing of the first impeachment complaint against Gutierrez last year, Ombudsman Gutierrez exhausted all legal remedies to stop it from progressing.

The quorum. 212 out of 284 lawmakers were present for the impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierres. (Photo by Anne Marxze D. Umil /

On Aug. 11, 2010, the impeachment complaints filed by Akbayan and Bayan et al were both referred to the House justice committee. Gutierrez then filed a motion for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus to the Supreme Court, which issued a status quo ante order to the House justice committee on Sept. 14, 2010.

“Gutierrez argued that there could be no two impeachment complaint filed against a public official. This argument was also used by Arroyo during her term when impeachment complaints were filed against her. This is a worn out excuse. But the filing of complaint is just one step in the impeachment process,” Gaite said.

But five months after the oral argument in the Supreme Court, on Feb. 15, the high court lifted the status quo ante order and allowed the House justice committee to proceed with the impeachment, citing that there was no violation of due process.

On Feb. 22, in a vote of 21-5 the justice committee resumed with the impeachment hearings.

On Feb. 28, the committee decided that the two complaints were sufficient in substance to impeach Gutierrez for betrayal of public trust. Gutierrez then filed a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court but was later rejected saying that the ruling is final and executory.

On March 8, the justice committee found probable cause on the two impeachment complaints.

According to Tupas, the Ombudsman was given a chance to answer the allegations against her but she has chosen not to appear. Gutierrez said the subpoena given to her was aggressive and called the impeachment proceedings as farcical.

On March 15, the House Resolution 1087 was filed and on March 21, House Resolution was brought in the plenary for voting.

Now that the ball is in the Senate, Bayan said, the fight gets harder. “We will help the public prosecutors from the House of Representatives prepare the witnesses and evidences. In the Senate, we have more time to present evidences and witnesses, unlike in the committee hearings at the Lower House.” ()

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  2. The Members of House of Representatives and the Filipino people who also waged a relentless campaign outside the Halls of Congress deserved to be commended for “Patriotism” in the Impeachment of Ombudsman Merciditas N. Gutierrez.
    With the Impeachment trial proceding to the Philippine Senate, this case is, indeed, a “First in the Nation’s History” for the House of Representatives.
    The six gounds cited in the impeachment procedings are serious matters that amount to criminal actions by a person in a privileged position and responsibility, deriliction of duty, obstruction of justice, inefficiency and incompetence.
    Impeachments are rare and usually occur after a long political battle but it happened to two powerful persons, US Presidents: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. The former on high crimes charges and misdeamenors in accordance with Article Two of the US Constitution. The latter on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
    Today, another US President is facing the prospect of impeachment for taking the “US to war without Congressional approval”.
    Watch out politicians and dictators. In this digital age and high speed internet communications heed the sound that resonates on the streets around the world…”For the times,they are a-changing.”

  3. tagumpay ng mga vengador! puros paghihiganti, dapat trabaho ang asikasuhin para mabawasan ang kahirapan ng bayan. parepareho naman sila mga buwaya!

  4. victory to the people? whom? ninoy’s people = liberal politicians who is losing in their cases with the ombudsman. aquino regime is so subjective. doing nothing to the economy.

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