As I write this, our representatives in Congress are voting for the articles of impeachment versus Ombudsman Merciditas Gutierrez. On TV, I see former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in red dress holding her mobile phone up to her ear as if calling for Garci while waiting for her turn to cast her vote.
I am optimistic that the Ombudsman will be impeached by the 15th Congress, and hopeful that the impeachment of the Ombudsman will usher a renaissance in our public administration and poltical systems. We need the impeachment in order to repair the dismal condition of our nation’s polity, to bring back decency in government, to reclaim our people’s trust in our democratic project, to regain the lost morale of the honest and hardworking people in the government, and of course, to give Merci the opportunity to defend herself and for the Filipino people to decide on whether the Ombudsman had been remissed in her sworn duty of protecting the Filipino people.
More importantly, impeaching the Ombudsman raises the bar of public service to new heights. In light of our recent political history, where Congress seemed to be blocking all roads towards transparency and accountability and the executive department acted with impunity in covering up the alleged sins it had and have been commiting, impeaching the Ombudsman is a breath of fresh air to say the least.
Now it can be told. The Ombudsman have just been impeached by the 15th Congress with an overwhelming 210 votes. Forty seven representatives, including the 3 Macapagal- Arroyos voted against the impeachment.
The supermoon might have been behind all these. Technically known as the Vernal Equinox, it marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere. It signals the changing of seasons. It also symbolizes balance, as the word equinox means “equal night” because the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of day and night are nearly equal in all parts of the world.
As I wish for the dating gawi (old ways) to go away with the new season of daang matuwid (righteous path), I hope just the same that the Ombudsman be given a fair and balanced trial.
May the Congressmen acting as prosecutors prove us right – that Merci has indeed violated her constitutional duties.
Post script: My representative, Hon. Bai Sandra Sema voted in favor of impeacing the Ombudsman. How did your congressman vote? Click here to know.