The Impeachment Proceedings of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

During the Justice Committee meeting of the House of Representatives held last March 1, 2011, DIWA Party-list Rep. Emmeline Y. Aglipay voted for the sufficiency of the grounds of both complaints for impeachment filed against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

With the 55-member committee voting 38-7 in favor of the impeachment process, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., the committee chair, announced that the House was pleading a general denial in Gutierrez’s behalf on the impeachment complaints filed separately by a group led by former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros and another led by Renato Reyes, secretary general of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

The Justice Committee has been holding marathon hearings since March 1st, just a few days after the Supreme Court junked Gutierrez’s petition and lifted the status quo ante order, effectively allowing the House Justice committee and the House of Representatives to proceed with the impeachment proceedings.