Merci: I am not at war with the President

Posted at 04/12/2011 2:04 PM | Updated as of 04/12/2011 7:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez will never be at war with the President, Assistant Ombudsman Jose de Jesus said.

In a text message, de Jesus said Gutierrez “continues to be supportive of him as the father of the Filipino nation and believes that his great vision for our country and statesmanship will carry us through these hard times of high prices of many things like oil, transportation costs, commodities, etc., as well as unemployment and calamities.”

News quoted Aquino on Monday that he was at war with Gutierrez over her prosecutors’ decision to forge a plea bargain deal with former military comptroller Carlos Garcia.

She will face a trial before the Senate,after being impeached in the House of Representatives by the allies of Aquino.

“The Ombudsman shares and will always be with the President in his valiant fight against graft and corruption and will fervently pray to God that he succeeds in his lofty endeavors,” de Jesus added. - from a report by Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News