Miriam Defensor Santiago: Gibo Teodoro is "best candidate" to replace Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez
(SPOT.ph) Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said yesterday that she "will very strongly recommend" defeated presidential candidate Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. as the "best candidate" to replace Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who resigned last week, reports GMA News Online.
"His integrity is beyond question and his allegiance to the rule of law has been proved to me many times by his comments on certain legal issues," Santiago said. "I was a professor when he was a student and I have always marked him out for great things."
Teodoro served as Defense Secretary during the administration of President Noynoy Aquino’s predecessor and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Santiago said Teodoro’s ties to Arroyo should not disqualify him from the Ombudsman post.
GMA News Online quoted Santiago: "I perceive that there is an ongoing power struggle among the various squabbling groups within the Aquino administration. Some of these political groupings think that if they control the Ombudsman, they will control the presidential elections in 2016."
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