Looming betrayal of the people’s trust
Now that the Supreme Court has given its official imprimatur to the House of Representatives’ commencing with its initiatory proceedings in the long-awaited impeachment move against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, it is the House’s current leadership, quite uncharacteristically, that now appears rather adamant to pursue.
First, Speaker Sonny Belmonte was seriously insistent when he told jubilant LP stalwarts that the pertinent SC decision was not yet final and that Gutierrez may still file a motion for reconsideration.
“Motions for reconsideration are unpredictably resolved in the Supreme Court these days,” the Speaker was said to have remarked.
He explained, “Look at what it did with the city hood status of the sixteen (16) newly legislated cities. How many times has this Court vacillated in its resolution of motions for recon?”
The most recent statement from Mr. Belmonte on the ‘Impeach Gutierrez’ bat-tlecry is that the House membership shall vote INDIVIDUALLY and will not tow partisan lines.
“Each shall vote in accordance with his/her conscience,” the Speaker finally remarked.
Well, theoretically fine.
But there is more than meets the eye in the House’s sudden OBSCURE stance vis-à-vis the Gutierrez impeachment issue. The speaker, according to our moles, may have gotten wind of the Ombudsman’s silent instruction to census current members of the Lower House WITH PENDING CASES before the Office of the Ombudsman, or whose relatives/close associates have pending cases thereat, and to retrieve these cases from the dustbins and revive them as soon as our Honorables give their nod for the impeachment engine to get started.-Alex ‘Rapido’ Almario