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Malacañang: Ombudsman has no authority to dismiss Cebu Rep. Garcia  

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has no authority to dismiss Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia.

This is the reaction of Malacañang on the Ombudsman’s order to dismiss Garcia on her alleged grave misconduct in connection with the Balili project in Cebu when she was still the governor of the province.

Presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque said that it is only Congress that can suspend or dismiss any of its members based on the anti-graft and corruption rulings of House of Representatives through a two-thirds vote in the plenary.

He also believes that the Supreme Court will not approve if ever the Ombudsman would file a mandamus to compel Congress to implement the order.

“That is the discretion. That is not ministerial so the Supreme Court might dismiss the mandamus,” said Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang on Duterte’s male preference for Ombudsman, CJ posts: ‘No discrimination’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque defended President Rodrigo Duterte over his preference for male candidates for the vacant positions of ombudsman and chief justice.

During an interview in Malacañang Wednesday, May 16, President Duterte said he does not want a politician, especially women, for the positions.

“Mag-nominate sila (Judicial and Bar Council) pero I choose. Gusto ko iyong bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician. Lalo na hindi babae,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Gabriela party-list said the President’s remarks were alarming.

“We are perturbed and extremely enraged that the sickest form of misogyny sits at the presidential seat in Malacañang,” the group said in a statement Thursday, May 17.

In response, Roque insisted that there was no discrimination in the President’s remarks though he admitted that he still has to clarify the matter with the Chief Executive.

“Sa aking pagkakaalam po,wala naman pong diskriminsasyon sa kababaihan. Kahit sino po pupwedeng maupo sa pwesto,” Roque said in a press briefing in Malacanang, Thursday, May 17.

(As far as I know, there is no discrimination against women. Anybody may qualify for the post.)

President Duterte appointed female officials as members of his Cabinet namely Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and the latest female appointee, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Justice de Castro nominated as next Ombudsman

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro was nominated to replace Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Morales will end her 7-year term in July this year.

 Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion submitted his nomination to the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday, May 3, citing De Castro’s 45-year service in government as a qualification.

De Castro is set to retire from the Supreme Court in October.

She is among those who testified in the impeachment hearings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Malacañang urges Ombudsman to look into ‘questionable spending’ of some gov’t agencies

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Office of the Ombudsman

FILE PHOTO: Office of the Ombudsman


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque hoped that the Office of the Ombudsman will do something about the recent reports of the Commission on Audit regarding the questionable transactions of some government offices.

Aside from this, COA also questioned the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) for hiring nine consultants which had cost the office P3.07 million.

And the most recent one, the controversy facing Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo over her department’s P60-million advertisement contract with her brothers’ TV show on PTV 4.

Roque also urged the Ombudsman to perform its mandate and file appropriate charges once they gather enough evidence.

“So the Ombudsman has to investigate and has to do its own case buildup. You just can’t go to court and say, here’s the report convict. No it doesn’t work that way,” Spokesperson Roque said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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