SC to tackle impeach bid vs. Ombudsman next week

January 12, 2011 12:52 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 11 – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday did not issue a resolution on the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

In a press conference, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that the petition filed by the Ombudsman seeking to dismiss the impeachment complaint filed against her, which is now pending in the House of Representatives, will again be tackled in the deliberation of the SC en banc next week.

Marquez said that there are opinions circulating from the magistrates, however, there's still a need for more time to study the case.

It can be recalled that Gutierrez filed a petition before the SC questioning the impeachment complaint against her due to its lack of legal basis.

Subsequently, the SC issued a "status quo ante order" stopping the House Committee on Justice from proceeding with the impeachment complaint against the Ombudsman.

Likewise, Marquez stressed that the "status quo ante order" issued by the SC on Sept. 14, 2010 will remain effective.

Gutierrez was sought to be impeached from office because of her alleged seeming inaction on the alleged cases of graft and corruption against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo. (PNA)

DCT/PTR

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