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CA stops Ombudsman from implementing suspension orer vs. Nueva Ecija gov Umali

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Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali has managed to halt the Office of the Ombudsman from implementing a dismissal order against him.

The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a resolution dated September 9 which granted the petition of Umali who sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Ombudsman dismissal.

The Ombudsman ordered Umali dismissed after finding him administratively liable for grave misconduct for the misuse of P15 million of his Priority Development Assistance (PDAF) funds when he was a congressman in the province in 2005.

Umali filed the petition before the CA as he argued he cannot yet be dismissed considering the Ombudsman ruling is not yet final due to his pending petition for review.

“In a case where a public officer had been duly-elected despite an order of suspension from the Ombudsman, the Supreme Court emphasized the importance of maintaining the status quo so as not to deprive the electorate of the services of the person they have voted into office,” the CA cited.

The appelate court said this is also meant “to protect the electorate of the Province of Nueva Ecija and the petitioner from any grave or irreparable injury that they may sustain in view of the enforcement of the assailed Ombudsman decision.”

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