Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate has no legal basis to take his oath as reelected city legislator since his petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) was denied by the Court of Appeals (CA).
Pastor Rick Bello said with the denial, the CA in effect agreed with the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to “perpetually dismiss [Paulate] from holding public office.”
Paulate is one of the 36 elected councilors in Quezon City.
The Manila Times tried to get Paulate’s side, but he could not be reached.
The Office of the Ombudsman found Paulate to have violated the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Law for having “ghost employees” and prevented him from holding any position in government.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio ordered the filing of corruption charges against him at the Sandiganbayan based on the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA).
Bello, a pastor and tabloid reporter, said Paulate should have respected the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman by discontinuing his plan to seek reelection.
Bello ran for city councilor in the city’s Second District as an independent but lost.
Bello stressed that if Paulate decides to continue working as councilor, then it will mean that he “deliberately ignored” the decision of the court.
“That would be another crime in the making,” he said.