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Ex-government officials 'to face charges'

Ex-government officials 'to face charges'
The president accepting the resignation of Merceditas Gutierrez (Photo: Malacanang Photo Bureau) reporters, Manila

May 2, 2011

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Officials of the previous administration will face corruption charges now that their perceived protector, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, has resigned, the president said yesterday. Benigno Aquino told reporters he will announce which officials will be charged once the cases are ready to be filed. He also said his focus for the moment was to select a new head of the anti-graft body who would build strong cases against the erring officials of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Asked whether the government is planning to file cases against Arroyo herself, Aquino said: “The Truth Commission was the one that was set up primarily to get all of that but what was deposited with the Truth Commission is still intact. It seems that we are closer to actually filing charges where appropriate.” PM14064
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