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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gordon’s ouster sought

A Former Quezon City congressman yesterday urged the Senate to oust Sen. Richard Gordon from the Upper Chamber.

Dante Liban said Gordon forfeited his seat in the Senate for accepting the chairmanship of the Philippine National Red Cross.

He also asked the Senate to issue a temporary restraining order preventing Gordon from representing himself as a senator.

Liban had filed a petition for Gordon’s ouster in December 2006.

He cited Section 13, Article 6 of the Constitution, which estates “no senator or member of the House of Representatives may hold any other office or employment in the government, including government-owned or controlled or their subsidiaries during his term without forfeiting his seat.”

The former solon noted that Gordon was elected to the Senate in May 2004 and was still a senator when he accepted the PNRC chairmanship on Feb.23, 2006.

He also cited Supreme Court’s ruling in August 1999 declaring PNRC as a government-owned and controlled corporation.

Liban said that unless restrained, Gordon will continue to collect salaries, compensations and benefits due only to legitimate senators, which will cause burden to the taxpayers.


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