Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said the impeachment trial of Ombudsman Mercedias Gutierrez will determine the fate of former Agriculture Usec. Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante. Colmenares said "[if Gutierrez] will be convicted, that's the only time that Joc-Joc will lose his 'motion to dismiss.'"
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., who headed the Senate probe in 2006 into the fertilizer fund scam, said the filing of charges against Secretary Luis 'Cito' Lorenzo, former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante and several others could be a ploy of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to counter the impeachment case against her before the Senate.
Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez took a break from preparations for her impeachment trial to attend her daughter's oath-taking as a new lawyer. Also among the nearly 1,000 Bar exams passers is one of the private prosecutors in the ombudsman's impeachment trial. Jeff Canoy tells us more. Mornings@ANC, ANC, April 15, 2011
Muling sumugod sa Office of the Ombudsman ang mga raliyista para igiit ang pagbibitiw ni Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez sa puwesto. Tulad naman ng dati, ipinagkibit-balikat lamang ni Gutierrez ang mga banat sa kanya at sinabing sa Senado na lang sila magkita. Nagpa-Patrol, Jeff Canoy. TV Patrol, Abril 14, 2011, Huwebes
Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez will never be at war with President Benigno Aquino III, Assistant Ombudsman Jose de Jesus said Tuesday. News quoted Aquino on Monday that he was at war with Gutierrez over her prosecutors’ decision to forge a plea bargain deal with ex-military comptroller Carlos Garcia.