The resignation of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez was not the surprise. It was the way she did it; going to Malacañang and having a public meeting with President Noynoy was a definite surprise. Is the way open for her cooperation in the presidential anti-corruption campaign which, without subtlety, is directed against the former president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?
It seems so, if someone takes the hint from her letter of resignation. She speaks of herself as supportive of the administration’s anti-corruption campaign, saying that “Even as a private citizen, I will still support the efforts of government in stamping out corruption.”
If so, the GMA fortress is breached irremediably and even a sympathetic Supreme Court cannot save the former president from the the deluge. Those in the Supreme Court who have consistently acted for GMA and against the anti-corruption initiatives of the present Aquino administration have been shoved by the events into the frontline.
The reason is that Ombudsman Gutierrez is seen as the little girl who put her finger in the proverbial crack in the dike, preventing the deluge of corruption cases against GMA from prospering. Ironically, her act also contributed to the pent-up political pressure that swept into power Noynoy Aquino.
Those GMA allies in the Supreme Court have been soul-searching for a time now, faced by threats of impeachment once Congress resumes session. GMA, her family, and her closest allies have their own calvary these past weeks, with the first of many corruption cases being filed against them.
There is little time left. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has to make a decision soon on whether to fight it out here or to wait out the people’s anger elsewhere. The Marcoses chose the latter course when the principals went on exile–they have now come back. Will the Arroyos likewise do a Marcos?