'Babies' stage protest vs Ombudsman

Posted at 04/15/11 12:05 AM

MANILA - The Oust Merceditas Gutierrez Movement and other groups brought baby strollers with baby dolls representing the alleged "babying" done by Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to alleged big-time corrupt officials in a protest held on Thursday.

The dolls' faces were covered with pictures of former President Gloria Arroyo, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, Rep. Mikey Arroyo, former Commission on Elections Chair Benjamin Abalos, former Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn 'Jocjoc' Bolante, and former National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Romulo Neri.

The movement said they are the ones who allegedly enjoy the Ombudsman's protection.

Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros Baraquel said they will continue to hold protest actions before the impeachment trial at the Senate starts next month.

"Gusto sabihin kay Ombudsman na ang dapat bigyan ng tender loving care ay mga sanggol na inaagawan niya ng resources dahil sa katiwalian na pinoprotektahan niya," Baraquel said.