PRESIDENT Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is willing to meet Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to settle issues in connection with the independent body’s “impartiality” in treating cases.

Aquino, who earlier considered ousting the Ombudsman, said it is not the right time to talk about impeachment.

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“Mapping out judicial reform is one of the major plans in our platform and we are trying to find the best way to afford complete justice for all at the fastest time,” he said.

Presidential spokerperson Edwin Lacierda, who earlier bared the plan of ousting Gutierrez, also retracted the statement, saying it was only “academic discussion” and there was no plan of filing impeachment case.

Gutierrez earlier expressed her willingness to sit down with the President and discuss issues regarding her association with the former First Couple.

The administration of Aquino has expressed doubts on the objectivity of Gutierrez, citing the previous cases where she was allegedly siding with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Hindi naman ako naghahabol ng away para may mahanap na kaaway. Ito yung problema, saan ba ang solution, papaano ba tayo mapapabilis. Hindi importante sa akin ang pataasan ng ere,” the President said.

Gutierrez inhibited herself from the botched NBN-ZTE contract and the fertilizer fund scam, both cases involving former President Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel.

“I’ll just ask my lawyers, there’s a fine line between interfering in the workings of a Constitutional body, and I don’t want to be guilty of that,” Aquino noted.

The President said he has so many questions readied for Gutierrez

When asked if he will ask his allies in Congress to support the Ombudsman's impeachment, he said there might be not enough time to pursue the case.

“Pag nag-impeachment tayo at lumaban siya, alam naman natin ng may mga levers din siya, baka naman bago pumunta sa imbestigasyon, tapos na ang term,” he said. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)