Gwendolyn Garcia barred from holding public office

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has dismissed Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia from public office over an unauthorized, P24.47-million project to backfill a largely underwater property when she was governor of Cebu province in 2012.


The Ombudsman, in a Jan. 15 decision, announced on Monday that Garcia was guilty of grave misconduct and thus permanently disqualified from holding public office.


But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez told reporters in a phonepatch interview that he would “definitely not” enforce the dismissal order.


“I saw nothing in the Constitution, there’s no provision saying that can be done,” Alvarez said.


He said the Hou…

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