Colmenares wants Mercy's 'midnight deal' reversed

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2011 09:41 PM | Updated as of May 13 2011 05:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares has called on the next Ombudsman to reverse former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez's reinstatement of a Customs official she earlier fired.

Colmenares found it questionable that Gutierrez reversed her own decision to dismissl from the service and file criminal charges against Customs Police Chief Jose Yuchongco.

This, even after the Apellate Court upheld Gutierrez's initial decision when Yupchongco appealed the case to the CA.

Colmenares also feels it is questionable that Gutierrez reversed herself days after she tendered her resignation but before she actually left office.

He said the case arose after Yupchongco failed the Ombudsman's lifestyle checks.

Colmenares said that in February 2011, Gutierrez even reprimanded the Bureau of Customs for not immediately implementing the dismissal order.