New PMA president: Olarte's actions can't be recognized

Posted at 06/01/2014 8:16 PM

MANILA - The fight over the presidency of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), the biggest group of doctors in the country, continues.

Newly installed PMA president Maria Minerva Calimag slammed the actions of the group’s former president, Leo Olarte.

In a memorandum dated June 1, Calimag said Olarte’s resolution creating the new composition of the PMA National Comelec and Electoral Tribunal has no force and effect.

The resolution supposedly impeaches Dr. Joel Macalino as chairman of the National Comelec, which oversaw the elections months ago where Calimag was voted as president.

“The alleged ‘impeachment’ of any of its members is NOT true, is unauthorized, and has no force and effect since there was NO valid complaint for impeachment nor was there any ground thereof. There was NOT even notice or hearing specifically for 'impeachment' purposes, hence, there is no valid reason to impeach any of its members,” Calimag said.

Calimag was inducted as the new president during the PMA annual convention on May 23.

She noted Olarte should not even interfere in election matters because he also ran as president.

“Even for the sake of delicadeza, Dr. Olarte should not interfere in the functions of the National Comelec or the Electoral Tribunal considering that he is a person who has personal interest over the issues raised therein,” she said.

She directed all PMA personnel and staff to “report to and/or coordinate directly coordinate with the undersigned for any and all affairs of the PMA effective immediately. No records and/or papers or documents of the PMA shall be released without prior approval of the undersigned. Any violation of this directive by any PMA personnel will be dealt with accordingly.”

Calimag is represented by lawyers Romulo Macalintal and Antonio Carlos Bautista.