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Solons prefer pork over justice; Merci impeach trial looms By Charlie V. Manalo and Gerry Baldo 03/22/2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Solons prefer pork over justice; Merci impeach trial looms

By Charlie V. Manalo and Gerry Baldo 03/22/2011

If the text message attributed to Liberal party (LP) spokesman, Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya allegedly threatening members of the House of Representatives to vote to impeach Chief Ombudsman Merceditas “Merci” Gutierrez or face the risk of losing their share of the most-sought after pork, the Priority Development Assistance fund (PDAF), and the alleged pressure coming from the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on lawmakers to reject the Ombudsman’s impeachment case are both true, then majority of the members of the lower chamber must have preferred their PDAF over the future of their political careers.

The House yesterday was poised to vote to impeach Gutierrez which would put to conclusion to the Palace-driven impeachment express at the House level.

The boom of the railroaded impeachment case was so deafening it silenced the minority bloc in the House, who all wailed in unison of the lack of due process accorded to Gutierrez.

And this was on top of the minority bloc’s demand for a probe of the “Abaya text message” which Minority Leader, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman claimed insulted the integrity of the House..... MORE

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