mbudsman Merceditas Gutierrez shot back that defiant question when asked by a news reporter yesterday whether she ought not consider resigning her post after throwing back the Decision ITF vs. Comelec at the Supreme Court's face and absolving all public and private respondents therein of ALL criminal liability.
Upon what moral principle should you consider resigning, M'am?
How about a CLEAR BREACH OF DUTY?
You were grossly negligent in ignoring the very testimonies in your Supplemental Resolution which not only corroborate but also build upon the findings of the Supreme Court when it first declared as null and void Comelec's contract with MPC.
Notwithstanding your Conclusions, these testimonies and statements, taken in the context of the Supreme Court decision and the facts that they represent, all point to a PATTERN of acts and policies, omissions and commissions by the Comelec, and its Bids and Awards Committee that have resulted in a self-evident disadvantage to the government and the people to the tune of 1.3 billion pesos of useless junk on the Fourth floor of the Comelec building in Intramuros.
There is bad faith evident in the drawing of conclusions NOT supported by the very testimonies purported to do so. There is manifest partiality towards the political allies of the Ombudsman in the Comelec when she did so.
It was necessary to engage in elements of obscurantism, bald illogicality and plain pseudoscientific silliness on the part of the writers of the Supplemental Resolution because those are the very elements in Comelec's actions too, that they must hide from scrutiny.
Only the Supreme Court can judge whether the Ombudsman's Report is acceptable enough for them to maintain their credibility and authority.