Thursday, October 14, 2004

NR1014: PAGC investigation vs Garcia not enough

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin B. Beltran
News Release October 14 , 2004
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, chief of staff
Celphone number 09213907362

Winston Garcia investigation at the PAGC might end up nowhere and the most
he'll get is a slap on the wrist - Rep. Beltran

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo's decision to have Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
president and General Manager Winston Garcia investigated by the Presidential
Anti-Graft Commission (PCAG) was simply not enough given the gravity of the
charges against Garcia. He said that that the PAGC cannot lay down any
criminal charges against Garcia if and when found guilty of corruption and
abuses. "the most that Garcia can get from the PAGC is a slap on the wrist, a
harmless reprimand. This would be added insult to the serious injury suffered
by GSIS employees and members," he said.

Beltran said that the president's comparison between the cases of Garcia and
the Social Security System's former president Vitaliano Nanagas who was ousted
or former Tourism Secretary and now senator Dick Gordon were was illogical.

"Garcia is a different individual altogether. The charges against him have
strong basis and his abuse of power well-documented. Pres. Arroyo's defense of
her fair-haired boy is an attack against the thousands of GSIS members and
government employees, and she should support investigations against him not
just in the PAGC but by the Office of the Ombudsman. And it's not enough either
that Garcia be investigated - he should be immediately suspended, even fired
from his post," he said.

Beltran said that Garcia was an indefensible official: the charges against him
are countless, and under him the GSIS has deteriorated.

"Millions of the GSIS funds have been squandered on artworks and media adds.
Garcia himself has cordoned off millions for himself to buy a Volvo and a new
house. As a public servant, he has broken the entire code of ethical public
service. He used his post to enrich himself, undermine the GSIS funds, and
justify the privatization of the agency which would inevitably lead to its
destruction," he said.

Beltran challenged Pres. Arroyo to prove her sincerity in going after corruption
and sack Garcia. He also said that Pres. Arroyo should make it known to Congress
that investigations against Garcia should also be pushed all the way and
resolved at the soonest possible time.

"He is not an indispensable official. He has done more damage than good to the
GSIS, and Pres. Arroyo can and should be held accountable for the losses of
the GSIS and the grievous inconvenience Garcia's resolutions and edicts have
caused the GSIS members," he concluded.#


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