Senate defies Ombudsman order dismissing Villanueva

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THE Senate leadership will not expel Sen. Joel Villanueva despite an order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing the former head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Villanueva was charged with graft, malversation, and falsification of public documents in connection with the alleged misuse of P10 million of his pork barrel allocation in 2008.

Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto 3rd, chairman of the Committee on Rules, pushed for the adoption of the legal opinion issued by the Senate legal counsel, emphasizing that the Office of the Ombudsman has no disciplinary powers over members of congress.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd declared the legal opinion adopted when no senator expressed objection on its adoption.


In a 15-page opinion, Maria Valentina Cruz, legal counsel of the Senate, noted that the penalties imposed against Villanueva by the Office of the Ombudsman cannot and should not be implemented by the chamber because the conditions or requirements for the penalty of expulsion of a member of the Senate are not present.

Sec. 97 rule XXXIV of the rules of the Senate states that upon recommendation of the Committee on Ethics and Privileges, the Senate may punish any member for disorderly behavior and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, suspend or expel a member. Jefferson Antiporda

 

 

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  1. Napakalinaw na peke ang mga ebidensya. Labana lang Senator Joel Villnueva! Para sa Diyos at Bayan!

  2. Mabuhay ka Sen. Joel! Walang paninira ang magtatagumpay sayo kasi mabuti kang tao at walang ginawang krimen. Puros paratang na walang basehan ang lahat.

  3. Evidences are fake! Good thing nagkaron ng ganitong decision ang senate. We will support you Sen. Joel. Go! Go!

  4. Sen. Joel huwag po kayo titigil, dapat po mahanap yung mga taong sangkot sa paggawa ng pekeng dokumento na ginamit para paratangan kayo ng napakalaking kasinungalin! Tapos na po ang laban sa pagpapatunay na kayo inosente. Ngayon, panahon naman po ng pag-iinbistiga kailangan po mahanap ang mga salarin sa pag sira ng pangalan ninyo. DAPAT PO SILA MAKULONG!!!

    #sencondepisode
    #fhanapinangsalarin

  5. There is no strong evidence on Joel Villanueva’s Case NBI said that all the documents presented against him are fake.

  6. Good thing may lumabas na ganito. Di naman totoo ang ibinibintang nila kay Sen. Joel. All of their evidence was fake. Kasi kung talagang mangungurakot sya eh nagawa na nya as cabinet member. Ang dami nyang naging TESDA Scholars. Pati naman nung Cong. Sya ng CIBAC ang dami nya ding scholars, infrastructures na napatayo at livelihood na napamigay. Go! Sen. Joel. We support you. :)

  7. Nice m9ve senate. not just because of jurisdiction. but clearly all evidences are fabricated. Sen. TesdaMan God bless!

  8. jose b taganahan on

    The Ombudsman should now raise the issue before the Supreme Court for the Court to decide once and for all whether any member of Congress can be penalized by the Ombudsman in accordance with the Ombudsman law.even if it do not conform with the Senate and House rules.

  9. So,what will happen to that corrupt Joel Villanueva? After making 10 million pesos kick buck nothing happens to him? That A-hole should be in jail. Only in the Philippines.

  10. Yes, we have a Senate that is not under any law, except their own rules. We need it all changed. Hurry up and put Federalism into place.

  11. Doesn’t matter what they do, they always protect each other.
    Sotto is on the Napoles list giving his pork barrel allocation in exchange for kickbacks and a car.

    Of course he was never charged by the Dept of Justice since he was a ally of then president Aquino and now he is the chairman of the Committee on Rules and Ethics.

    Of the 20 senators on the Napoles list only 3 opposition senators charged.

    Nothing ever changes in the Philippines.