April 29. 2011
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who first called for Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez’s resignation in March this year, reacts to reports that the Ombudsman has met with the President and submitted her resignation letter on Friday .
“Thank you, Merci for sparing us the long and arduous impeachment process,” the lawmaker said on Friday noon. But this is just one small step in the fight against corruption. We mustn’t stop here.”
Pangilinan, who has linked the Ombudsman with the series of corruption scandals that hounded the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said, “We are slowly but surely chipping away from the armor of invincibility surrounding GMA. Now that Merci is out of the way, GMA’s fortress will come tumbling down, and we should use this as an opportunity to make the Arroyo administration pay for its corrupt, twisted ways.
He continued: “Her resignation does not prevent the state from pursuing criminal cases should there be sufficient grounds to do so.”