Garcia: Ombudsman can't oust me

House Deputy Leader and Cebu Third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia does not see her position being threatened by the dismissal order released by the Ombudsman.

She said a copy of the letter alone sent to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is not enough to remove her from the House of Representatives.

"Sabi ng Constitution ('the constitution states'), a sitting member of Congress can only be suspended by a vote of two-thirds of all its members," she stressed.

Garcia's stand is backed by Alvarez, who said he will not implement the order.

Alvarez maintained Congress does not give him the power to oust any member.

He also said the Ombudsman has no authority to discipline or remove any member of the chamber.

The Ombudsman earlier sent a copy of the dismissal order against Garcia to Alvarez for "appropriate action."

The case stems from the alleged unauthorized contract worth P 99 million entered into by the provincial government of Cebu in 2008 when Garcia was governor.

This involved the purchase of Balili property in Tinaan, Naga, Cebu.

The Ombudsman said more than half of the property was part of a mangrove. 

The provincial government had paid Supreme ABF Construction in 2012 the amount of P 24 million after the company won the deal in a public bidding.


Topics: Garcia , Ombudsman , contracts , House
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