Palace to issue show cause order vs Special Prosecutor

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2011 09:48 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2011 07:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda confirmed on Thursday that the Palace has received a copy of the House justice committee's report on the Office of the Ombudsman.

House Justice Committee chair Rep. Niel Tupas submitted the report. 

Larcierda said the Palace will be issue a show-cause order to Special Prosecutor Wendel Sulit.

The House Justice Committee recommended that Sulit face administrative raps over the Garcia plea bargain deal. 

Lacierda clarified that the Office of the President's jurisdiction is limited only to prosecutors. 

Malacañang, meanwhile, has yet to receive a copy of the Senate committee report from Senator Teofisto 'TG' Guingona.

Lacierda said show-cause orders will also be issued against the special prosecutors who will be cited in the Senate report. 

He said the special prosecutors involved will be given due process.  Penalties range from a simple warning to outright dismissal.

On whether Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez should resign, Lacierda said it is up to Gutierrez to make the decision.

Presidential Communications Development Strategic and Planning Secretary Ricky Carandang, meanwhile, believes that Gutierrez should now step down from office.

"If she were to resign, it would spare the nation the national trauma of going through a painful impeachment process.  So, na kay Ombudsman na iyun, but that would certainly be much less painful to the country than an impeachment," he said.

On alleged bias on the part of the senators regarding the case, Lacierda said he does not want to speak regarding the lawmakers.

He said senators have promised objectivity to the public and a fair trial once the Gutierrez impeachment case reaches the upper House. -- Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News