Morales, namumulitika! Palace sides with Garcia on Ombudsman dismissal order

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Morales, namumulitika! Palace sides with Garcia on Ombudsman dismissal order

Malacañang sided with Deputy Speaker and Cebu third District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia on the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ order to dismiss her. Presidential Spokesperson and former Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque stated Morales’ dismissal order in opposition to Garcia “could have come at a more circumspect time.”

by Xave Gregorio

Malacañang sided with Deputy Speaker and Cebu third District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia on the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ order to dismiss her.

Presidential Spokesperson and former Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque stated Morales’ dismissal order in opposition to Garcia “could have come at a more circumspect time.”

“It is also unfortunate that the decision of the Ombudsman was released at a time when such actions could be given political color,” stated Roque in an announcement launched Monday (February 12).

This was additionally Garcia’s sentiments on the dismissal order, who informed reporters on the sidelines of the listening to of the impeachment criticism in opposition to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that the timing of Morales’ order was “rather suspect.”

Roque additionally echoed Home Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in saying that the Ombudsman has no energy to self-discipline or dismiss members of the Home of Representatives.

“Only Congress may suspend or remove its members based on the former’s anti-graft and corruption rulings,” Roque stated. “She (Morales) cannot arrogate this power of Congress.”

The legislation professor turned politiko, nevertheless, stated “we respect the findings of the Ombudsman based on the merits of the case.”

Morales ordered Garcia dismissed over a P98.9 million land buy, the place half of the property was found to be in a mangrove space and underwater.

Whereas Morales has requested Alvarez to implement the order, the Speaker stated he won’t implement the dismissal of Garcia because it has no authorized foundation.

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