Civilian Gutierrez ready to face more charges

By Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2011 03:45 PM | Updated as of May 03 2011 03:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez maintained that she is ready to face any charges that may be filed against her even after her resignation on Friday.

Atty. Tomas Syquia, Gutierrez's spokesperson, said she did not quit to escape any case that might be filed against her. He said that her decision to resign was a painful one, and apart from the interest of the nation, she had her family to consider.

Up to now, Syquia said her legal team is convinced the case before the Senate is weak.

Syquia added that Gutierrez also refused to be used by some politicians who might try to use her impeachment trial as a means to get media mileage for the coming elections in 2013.

"She does not want to be used that way. If there are cases that would be filed against her, they can still file it in court and she is very much willing to face the charges," he said.

Syquia refused to comment on talks Gutierrez resigned since she was allegedly no longer needed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Despite her resignation, Gutierrez received criticisms from some Arroyo allies.

"Sabi nga ni Ombudsman, she is grateful for everything that they did for her, and the decision that she made was painful but it had to be done to protect her family as well. You cannot please everybody naman,” he said.

Midnight appointments?

Syquia confirmed that Gutierrez signed appointment papers of 8 employees at the Office of  the Ombudsman before she resigned. Syquia said, there is a process that is being followed in the appointment of employees and this case went through the usual process.

"Wala naman midnight appointments sa Ombudsman, they were not sudden appointments. May process na dinaanan yun mga yun. They went through that. Nataon lang na natapos na yun process at a time na she decided to resign. All of them are qualified. She won't do something drastic before she leaves, lahat dadaan sa process,” he said.