Speaker Belmonte statement on Ombudsman Gutierrez Resignation

The resignation of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez relieved Congress and the government of what might have turned out into a long, protracted, grueling and costly impeachment trial.

The trial would have distracted Congress from its main task of legislation. Sessions are set to resume May 9 and we can now concentrate on our legislative agenda and the many vital measures that can move faster with our undivided attention. Moreover, there is no longer any impediment to this administration's goal of pursuing graft cases and we can expect that they be acted on decisively and swiftly.

I would like to thank all the members of the House of Representatives who have devoted so much time and effort to developing and preparing for the impeachment case. Let it be recalled that the House of Representatives acted decisively, crossing party lines, in overwhelmingly approving the impeachment complaint against the Ombudsman.