Statement of the Presidential Spokesperson on the SC decision with the Ombudsman impeachment case

Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the Supreme Court’s February 15, 2011 decision to allow the House to proceed with the Impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

[Released on February 15, 2011]

The Supreme Court decision effectively allowing the House to proceed with the impeachment of the Ombudsman is a welcome reiteration of normal constitutional practice.

The Ombudsman’s less than stellar record in fulfilling the mandate of her office has caused dismay in a country seeking progress in the fight for accountability and against corruption. This has moved the house to seek accountability in turn from the Ombudsman. All citizens for good, transparent, accountable government can only welcome the Supreme Courts’ removal of an obstacle to pursuing justice and honesty in public service.

The Filipino people will be observing the process as it unfolds in the Legislature. According to Constitutional processes, the truth is the bulwark of good governance and accountability, which are in everyone’s interest.