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Wala kaming paki sa Ombudsman! Sereno’s camp denies hand in Gwen Garcia’s dismissal

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The camp of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has denied allegations that she is behind the dismissal order issued by the Office o the Ombudsman against Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia.

Sereno’s spokesperson, lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, assured that the accusations being hurled by Garcia herself is “bereft of truth and wisdom.”

“To set the record straight, the Chief Justice has nothing to do with the Ombudsman’s decision,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Feb. 14).

Garcia suspects her active participation in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno may have something to do with the dismissal order.

“Rep. Garcia was sacked from office for her questionable purchase of a P98.9-million underwater property when she was governor of Cebu without the authority of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. She misused public funds to buy a property submerged in the sea. These are the facts of the case and these were the bases of the Ombudsman’s decision,” Lacanilao insisted.

Lacanilao reminded “as an independent constitutional body mandated to check on wrongdoings of government officials, the Office of the Ombudsman has its own processes and it makes decisions free from outside control or influence.”

“It is unfortunate that Rep. Garcia is using the ongoing impeachment hearing as an excuse, albeit shallow, for her dismissal from government service and perpetual disqualification from public office rather than check the laws of the land on graft and corruption,” he said.

“That she is being singled out by the Ombudsman is totally untrue. The real tragedy lies on the refusal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to enforce the dismissal order of the Office of the Ombudsman against Rep. Garcia, who seems to be enjoying the special treatment of the House leader,” the lawyer pointed out.