Echiverri seeks CA TRO on suspension order

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2011 05:30 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2011 01:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Caloocan City Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop the preventive suspension order against him handed down by the Office of the Ombudsman.

In a petition for certiorari filed Tuesday morning with the appellate court, Echiverri asked for the immediate issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO).

The case was raffled off to the appellate court's 14 Division with Associate Justice Agnes Reyes-Carpio as case ponente.

Reyes-Carpio is the mother in law of embattled Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.

In his petition, Echiverri claimed that the Ombudsman committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction in issuing the suspension order arguing that the offense alleged against him was committed by his predecessors.

He also questioned the date of the order, July 17, 2011, which falls on a Sunday.

Last Monday, Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro placed Echiverri under a six-month preventive suspension for the alleged non-remittance of more  than P38 million representing Caloocan City employees’ contributions to the Government Service Insurance System.