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Impeach vote set for plenary By Gerry Baldo 03/09/2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MERCI CALLS HOUSE JUSTICE COMMITTEE ‘KANGAROO COURT’

Impeach vote set for plenary

By Gerry Baldo 03/09/2011

Heeding the marching orders of President Aquino to ensure the prosection of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, the House justice committee voted to find “probable cause” to impeach her, with the justice panel chairman Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. defining probable cause as “reasonable grounds to support the well-founded belief that the respondent committed an impeachable offense and should be held for trial.”

The votes predictably went the way of the Aquino majority, with the first complaint getting 39 in favor, nine against and one abstention. The second complaint obtained 39 in favor, six against and one abstention.

Gutierrez refused to appear before what she called a “kangaroo court” but appeared unfazed by the threat made by Aquino, stressing, however, that the Liberal Party congressmen and allies of Aquino should have followed the rule of law and not the rule of men.

Gutierrez appeared before the media at the weekly forum sponsored by the Catholic Media Network, saying she is ready to face the Senate trial..... MORE

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