CAMARINES Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte yesterday described the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division 90-day preventive suspension order against him from office as “illogical” and maintained that the charges with which the order was based upon would never prosper because of lack of merit.
“The Sandiganbayan order to the House leadership to implement my suspension is not even preventive but punitive. It was ostensibly done to ensure that I would not influence the investigation into the charges filed against me when I was still governor. How could I have any influence left in my former office when I am no longer the governor?” Where is the logic in that?” Villafuerte asked.
“While the order of the Sandiganbayan states that the preventive suspension is not a penalty, the fact that I will not be able to represent my district and serve my constituents owing to this suspension order makes it punitive and a penalty,” Villafuerte said.
Villafuerte said the 90-day suspension order was absurd, as it was based on charges involving acts that were allegedly committed when he was still the governor of Camarins Sur.
“The absurdity is obvious in that the Sandiganbayan wants me suspended as a congressman when the charges involve acts that I supposedly did when I was still governor,” Villafuerte said.
He said the suspension order was also immaterial because the case was already in the advanced phase of the court proceedings.
“I am confident, though, that the charges against me would never prosper because the case has no legal leg to stand on,” he added.