The Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday reiterated the implementation of the suspension order on an official of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority.
It required Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to submit the status of the implementation of the preventive suspension order issued against MCIAA general manager Steve Dicdican.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires ordered Dicdican’s six-month preventive suspension for allegedly violating the Anti-Dummy Law by allowing foreigners to run the airport’s operation.
In a letter to Tugade, the Ombudsman said it had been receiving reports that Dicdican was continuing to report to the office despite his suspension.
A copy of the suspension order was served on Dicdican through his official email address in accordance with the Supreme Court’s 2019 Revised Rules of Procedure.
“As a lawyer, he should not wait that the order be officially served upon him by the DOTr Secretary because he is expected to observe compliance with lawful orders of duly constituted authorities,” the Ombudsman said.
Under the Office’s rules on procedure, a compliance report must be submitted by the DOTr within three calendar days from receipt of the Order of Implementation.
Tugade was provided with copies of the order on Dec. 17.