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Merci ‘lectures’ Tupas; House gets even, slaps Ombudsman with subpoena 01/26/2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Merci ‘lectures’ Tupas; House gets even, slaps Ombudsman with subpoena

01/26/2011
Citing a Supreme Court (SC) ruling, Chief Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez yesterday snubbed the hearing set by the House committee on justice aimed at determining the validity of the plea bargain agreement entered into by the Office of the Ombudsman and retired Army Maj.Gen. Carlos Garcia in connection with the former military officer’s P303-million plunder case, lecturing panel chairman, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas on the principle of the separation of powers.

Getting even, the panel approved unanimously to subpoena Gutierrez and six others from the Office of the Ombudsman, an independent and constitutional body, for the next hearing scheduled on Feb. 1.

In a one-page letter addressed to committee secretary, lawyer Narcisa Guevarra, Gutierrez said that while she and subordinates would want to attend the committee hearing, certain legal issues restrict them from doing so.

For one, the Ombudsman said the Garcia case is still pending before the Second Division of the Sandiganbayan and any discussion on the issue might be construed as sub judice..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110126hed2.html

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