UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine Ombudsman dismissed House Speaker Deputy Gwen Garcia on Feb. 12.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also ordered to cancel Garcia’s eligibility for holding public office and forfeit her retirement benefits.
The case stems from the purchase of a P99 million-property in Tinaan, Naga Cebu when Garcia was Cebu governor. The property was intended for a seaport and human settlement but it turned out that much of it was submerged in water and filled with mangroves.
Garcia also allegedly allowed a P24 million unauthorized contract with a private construction company “for the supply and delivery of backfilling materials” for the submerged areas.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez refused to implement the order. He said the Ombudsman’s decision on the case against Garcia “came late” and is unconstitutional.
He claimed the Ombudsman does not have the power to dismiss members of the House of Representatives.