‘Sack Ebdane, Teves’

SEN. Miriam Defensor Santiago yesterday called for the impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and the dismissal of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane and Finance Secretary Margarito Teves for “gross negligence” on the “road contract cartel.”

Santiago, chair of the committee on economic affairs investigating the alleged cartel, said that as early as November 2007, the World Bank had informed the DPWH, DOF and Office of the Ombudsman that it was looking into possible collusion of three local construction firms on the bidding for the first phase of the National Road Improvement and Management Program, but the three officials failed to act on it with dispatch.

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Puno calls for moral force

Mid talk of a plot to unseat him, Chief Justice Reynato Puno Wednesday spoke about the need for a “moral force” in the country.

Puno said it was not the legal system that could solve the country’s problems but the moral system.

Before speaking to a group of businessmen Wednesday night, the Chief Justice said religious leaders should step forward and act as “moral forces” in “redirecting the destiny” of the country as it was suffering from moral decadence.

Puno also said he was ready to face any attempt to impeach him.

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