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Walang sibakan! Alvarez won’t implement Ombudsman’s dismissal order for Gwen Garcia

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Monday he would not enforce the dismissal order against Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, arguing that the Office of the Ombudsman has no power to discipline erring members of the House of Representatives.

“My appropriate action is not to implement the order. Why? Because there is nothing in the Constitution that allows me to do that,” he said in a phone-patch interview with House reporters.

“In fact, it is not within the power of the Ombudsman to discipline, much more to remove any member of the House of Representatives, so pag ginawa ko yan I will be violating the Constitution since may nakalagay sa constitution na kami lang yung may kapangyarihan to discipline or remove a member of the House,” Alvarez said.

The Speaker said he would treat the dismissal order as applicable only when Garcia was still Cebu governor. “Late yung order, dapat noon pa nilabas yan nung sya ay isang gobernador pa lang,” he said.

Alvarez said there “definitely” was no legal basis for the Ombudsman’s order against Garcia.

“Kasi wala akong makita sa constitution, kanina ko pa binabasa wala akong makitang provision na nagsasabi na pwedeng gawin yun,” he added.

The order need not even be taken up in plenary, according to the Speaker.

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