On October 16, 2012 the Attorney General's Office removed Senator Eduardo Merlano from office, disqualifying him from holding public office for 10 years after finding him guilty of taking advantage of his position as senator to avoid a traffic ticket. Merlano refused to take a breathalyzer test last May in Barranquilla, when he was caught driving without a license and allegedly intoxicated.
The following video shows Merlano refusing to meet the requirements of security officers:
News of the dismissal was well received among Colombian netizens [es], who attributed the achievement to an online campaign [es] calling for Senator Merlano to resign. His name became a trending topic on Twitter with the hashtags #ChaoMerlano [es] and #Merlano [es].
From Bogota, Daniel E. (@skovaretta) [es] comments:
@skovaretta: Es innegable que el rechazo masivo por las redes sociales aceleró la destitución de Merlano…desde las redes podemos empujar a la justicia
@skovaretta: It is undeniable that the massive rejection led by social networks accelerated the removal of Merlano…from the Internet we can enforce justice.
Stella Navarro (@stella_navarro) [es], in Medellin, celebrates citizens’ power:
Meanwhile user @SexoSinCensura2 [es] advises:
Lizeth Rojas (@Lizeth_R) [es] states:
Daniella Aguilar (@AguilarDaniella) [es] emphasizes:
For his part, Anderson Useche (@AnderUseche) [es] congratulated the campaign aimed at the senator's resignation:
But the controversy over the cause of the Merlano's dismissal has just begun. Twitter user @jfredys [es], as well as others [es], claims the interests of the Attorney General to be the primary motivation for the Senator Merlano's suspension. Miguel Silva Moyano (@SilvaMoyano) [es] and Chente (@Ekufar) [es] warned that Attorney General Alejandro Ordoñez Maldonado's [es] reasoning for the dismissal is based on his campaign for reelection as attorney general:
@SilvaMoyano, Los que hoy se están auto-atribuyendo la sanción a Merlano deberían saber que lo destituyó un Procurador en Campaña de reelección
@SilvaMoyano, Those who are self-attributing Merlano's suspension should know that an attorney general running for reelection dismissed him.
For others this ‘good news’ has been hampered by the possible replacement [es] of Merlano, that has become a controversy [es] because it involves Astrid Sánchez Montes of Oca, the sister [es] of a supposed parapolitical. Internet users have also shown their dissatisfaction with many [es] other unsolved cases [es] of the Colombian justice system.