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Labas na ang ugat: Morales airs frustration over LRay’s non-suspension

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has expressed frustration over the delay in the implementation of their suspension order against Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte .

Villafuerte, a former Camarines Sur Governnor, was earlier rapped with graft in connection with a P20-million fuel purchase he allegedly did during his term without proper bidding. He is a neophyte legislator.

“We are frustrated that we cannot enforce our orders as there are several factors that constrain us in carrying it out,” Morales was quoted as saying in a Bicol Mail report. The 90-day suspension was first handed down in early September.

The Ombudsman had transmitted its suspension order against Villafuerte to the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

However, Villafuerte was still able to dispense his duties; in fact, he was among those who defended the proposed 2017 national budget on the plenary floor.

“Mabuti pa ang Senate medyo nag carry out yong suspension orders naming, Sen. Jingoy even volunteered to heed our suspension order,” Morales further commented, referring to respondents in “pork barrel” cases.