MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez yesterday called the results of the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey a product of a “misinformed, if not deceived national audience.”
In the survey, 52 percent of the 1,200 respondents agree with a Supreme Court (SC) ruling allowing the House of Representatives to proceed with impeachment proceedings against Gutierrez. Fifteen percent of the respondents believe she should not be impeached, 29 percent are undecided, while four percent have no opinion on the matter.
Gutierrez was charged by the House of Representatives with betrayal of public trust for supposedly sitting on high-profile cases involving officials of the previous administration.
“The 52 percent have been influenced by commentaries and opinions given by people who wield power thru their election or thru their pen, broadcast and visual communication,” Gutierrez’s spokesperson, lawyer Salvador Panelo, told The STAR.
“They have peddled the public with untruths by their impressions and conclusions dished out without the benefit of research and first hand knowledge of the issues affecting the Ombudsman,” he added.
Panelo, however, believes there is still time to improve public perception on Gutierrez before the impeachment trial at the Senate begins. “The Ombudsman is confident that the next SWS survey will reflect a reversing tide of public opinion in favor of Merceditas Gutierrez,” he said.
Gutierrez has been appealing to the media to be fair in reporting about the impeachment issue.