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Ombudsman junks Gwen Garcia’s appeal, upholds dismissal order

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The Office of the Ombudsman has upheld the dismissal from public office of Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia.

The Cebu politiko’s dismissal stemmed from the unauthorized backfilling project of the controversial Balili property in Naga City worth P24.47 million.

In her decision dated July 18, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Kristine Suzanne Fineza said Garcia’s motion for reconsideration lacks merit.

Garcia used the Aguinaldo doctrine or condonation doctrine in her motion for reconsideration.

She said she should not be made liable for an offense committed during her previous term.

Garcia said she will elevate her case to the Court of Appeals.