ALBAY Rep. Edcel Lagman said he disagreed with the position of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in relation to the dismissal order against Deputy Speaker and Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia.
On Monday, Alvarez said he will not implement the Ombudsman's order stemming from Garcia's alleged involvement in the anomalous purchase of the P98.93-million Balili property in Cebu City in 2008 when she was still governor.
Alvarez said he will be violating the Constitution if he will implement the order as the Constitutions states that only the House of Representatives has the power to discipline or remove its members.
Reacting to this, Lagman at a press conference on Tuesday said that the "Ombudsman's law is clear with respect to the implentation of the decisions of the Ombudsman even pending motion for reconsideration."
The Ombudsman's Rules of Procedure provides that the Ombudsman's decision shall be immediatelty executory, even pending appeal.
Rule XXII of the Rules of House of Representatives meanwhile states that the House has the power to punish or expel its members upon a vote of three fourths.
Villarin also noted that there are so many pending cases involving members of the Congress to date.
"May karapatan pa rin yung mga mambabatas kasi alam naman natin that part of the turf ng mga mambabatas e talagang itong mga kaso," he said.
Aside from the dismissal order, the Office of the Ombudsman has perpetually barred Garcia to sit in any position in the government. It has also ordered the forfeiture of her retirement benefits.
Garcia believes the dismissal order against her has something to do with her participation in the onging hearings on the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. (SunStar Philippines)
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