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Guingona pre-judgment assailed by peers By Angie M. Rosales 03/15/2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guingona pre-judgment assailed by peers

By Angie M. Rosales 03/15/2011

The move of Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona recommending that his blue ribbon committee enjoin the House of Representatives to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, already implies that he has prejudged her guilt.

No less than Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile underscored the implication of the decision of Guingona, who until yesterday, remained defiant in the face of the Senate chief’s call for the blue ribbon committee chairman to remove the “impeach call” contained in the partial panel report on its inquiry into the plea bargain agreement that the Ombudsman’s prosecutors sealed with former military comptroller, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Carlos Garcia.

“I do not know how he will be able to explain this position. He does not have to hear the evidence anymore if he has made up his mind,” the Senate chief pointed out.

Enrile, who over the weekend, expressed strong reservations over the panel’s recommendations, called on Guingona to consider removing the issue on impeachment as it could jeopardize the standing of the upper chamber since there is an impeachment complaint anticipated to be transmitted to the Senate, which is mandated by the Constitution to constitute itself as an impeachment court that will hear the case against Gutierrez..... MORE

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