Photos: President Aquino accepts the resignation letter personally handed by former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III accepts the resignation letter personally handed by former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez in a brief meeting at the Private Office, Premier Guest House, Malacanang Friday April 29, 2011.

The resignation of the Ombudsman is 10-days before the opening of the Impeachment Trial against Gutierrez in the Senate. On March 22, 2011, members of the House of Representatives voted 211 – 46 to impeached Gutierrez.

Here is the copy of her resignation letter:

The president then issued a statement:

This morning, Merceditas Gutierrez personally submitted to me her resignation as our country’s Ombudsman, effective May 6.

Her action has spared the country from a long and divisive impeachment process that would have distracted our lawmakers from dealing with the many problems we face today.

It also paves the way for the appointment of a new Ombudsman.

I thank the House of Representatives. I now urge the Judicial and Bar Council to begin the search for a new Ombudsman. With the support of the public, we can now proceed more decisively in making government officials more accountable to their bosses, the Filipino people.

Thank you.

(Photo by: Jay Morales / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

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Updated April 20, 2019

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