Merci resign signature drive launched

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2011 08:21 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2011 03:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Scout Ranger chief retired Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim has launched a signature campaign to force Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to resign from her position.

Lim, who is a now Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office consultant who was linked to 2 plots to overthrow the Arroyo government, said a number of people have already signed in the campaign drive.

The campaign was launched a day after the House impeached Gutierrez for alleged wrongdoings.

"We all saw the voting last night (at the House of Representatives). The sentiment of our people was overwhelming, as represented by their congressmen. There is strong clamor for her impeachment. She was in fact impeached and the articles of impeachment will now be forwarded to the Senate," Lim said.

"We urge her to resign to spare the country from another long and divisive experience. Our signature campaign is ongoing for her resignation," he added.

Interviewed after filing his application for amnesty in Camp Aguinaldo, Lim could not say how many signatures they have gained so far.

"We are now starting to go around for those who want to support and sign for this movement," he said, adding that all, including soldiers, are free to sign.

"All are welcome to sign, may they be soldiers or not," said Lim. "Our target is gather one million signatures. We will present this to [the] public so the Ombudsman will be pressured to vacate her position," he said.