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2nd DQ case up vs Gwendolyn Garcia

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Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia (3rd District) is facing a disqualification case at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) over her gubernatorial bid for the May 2019 midterm elections.

The Barug Alang sa Kauswagan ug Demokrasya (Bakud) filed a petition to disqualify Garcia, citing the Ombudsman order dismissing the congresswoman over an unauthorized P24.47-million project in 2012.

Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, a candidate for governor, said the ruling was final and executory.

“She should be disqualified,” she said in a Cebu Daily News article.

Earlier, lawyer Edgar Gica also sought the disqualification of Garcia, saying she made untruthful statements in her Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

Garcia made it appear in her COC that she was not subject of a ruling barring her from holding public office, said Gica.

The third district representative, however, explained that the Ombudsman ruling is not final and executory because an appeal has been filed in the case.

“These are desperate moves of desperate people already seeing a looming political defeat in the coming elections,” Garcia said.