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Published - Merci won’t hit back at Noy

Merci won’t hit back at Noy

By Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star)

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez does not intend to engage President Aquino in a public word war.

In a statement, Gutierrez said she is not going to pick a fight with Aquino, who has been going around delivering speeches about how he wants her removed from office.

“I have been attacked numerous times, though unjustly and without basis,” she said.

“Many of these attacks have been coming not only from my usual detractors, but from no less than the President of the Republic himself.

“Despite all that he has said and done, I maintain my deep respect for the President. Despite his repeated pronouncements, mostly before graduating students of various schools in Metro Manila, that he is ‘at war’ against me, I have chosen to be silent mainly because I have deep respect to the institution that the President represents.”

Gutierrez issued the statement a day after Aquino delivered another speech before graduates of the University of the Philippines, where he called on them to support efforts to oust the Ombudsman.

“Despite the open call of the President to impeach me and his calling on the people, especially young students, to support the impeachment proceedings against me, I would not engage him in a word war before the public as this would only demean both of us, especially in this season of Lent,” Gutierrez said.

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