This afternoon, news spread quickly that controversial Ombudsman Merceditas N. Gutierrez has resigned from her post. The surprise move comes days before the May 9 start of her Senate impeachment trial. Before 212 members of the legislature voted to impeach her on March 22, 2011, the proceedings to impeach Gutierrez in the House of Representatives had been contentious, and observers expected the Senate trial to be a protracted process. Instead, public attention now moves to the circumstances of her resignation and questions about her replacement.
We have compiled our reports on the Office of the Ombudsman to look back at the tenure of Merceditas Gutierrez.
Merci’s SALNs a big secret?
- Ombudsman mocks law on disclosure of wealth – March 15, 2011
- Sidebar: More barriers to access
- Blog: Ombudsman responds to PCIJ SALNs report
Blackmail’ raps spook impeach plaint
- Gutierrez has sued only 4 members of 15th Congress – March 14, 2011
Four-part series on the Office of the Ombudsman
- Part 1: Ombudsman a failure despite flood of funds – February 6, 2011
- Sidebar: Ombudsman goes easy on generals – February 6, 2011
- Part 2: Barangay captains top crooks in jail; majority skirt slammer – February 7, 2011
- Part 3: Mercy high profile on media, Ombudsman stingy with data – February 8, 2011
- Sidebar: Sanctum sanctorum? – February 8, 2011
- Part 4: 4 Ombudsmen, 4 failed crusades vs corruption – February 9, 2011
- Sidebar: COA quizzes Ombudsman – February 9, 2011
The role of the Office of the Ombudsman in the Rolando Mendoza case
- Part 1: IIRC blames Ombudsman, hints at extortion attempt – October 13, 2010
- Part 2: Broken police, broken legal system broke hostage-taker? – October 14, 2010
- Blog: Deputy Ombudsman fired over Mendoza case – April 1, 2011