Ex-NCMF exec, 2 others charged with graft over Hajj deal

MANILA, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman has charged with graft former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) secretary Yasmin Lao and two others for the alleged irregular housing accommodation for 3,000 Filipino pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj Season in 2014. The Ombudsman charged Yao before the Sandiganbayan with one count of …

Samar mayor indicted, suspended for unliquidated funds 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the 90-day suspension of Talalora, Samar  Mayor Leonilo Costelo of Talalora for the unliquidated cash advances  totaling to P388,150.00. The Ombudsman found Costelo  guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty and ordered suspended from office for three months. Investigation conducted by the Field Investigation Office of the …

Duterte to review unfinished projects

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Will Davao del Sur road be among the list of “unfinished projects  to  be investigated? This question is raised by motorists from Davao region to Cotabato Province and Saranggani and other areas in Southern Mindanao passing the stretch, as President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday afternoon, January 16 announced that he would initiate …

Sandiganbayan suspends Tuguegarao City councilor 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Sandiganbayan ordered the 90-day preventive suspension of Tuguegarao City Councilor Danilo Baccay who is standing trial for of the anti-graft law after he failed to liquidate  the cash advance of P400,000.00 granted to him on 16 April 2009 when he was still the city vice-mayor. In a three-page Resolution, the anti-graft court ordered …

Sandiganbayan convicts former Bohol vice-mayor 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan convicted former Vice-Mayor Josil Trabajo of Carmen, Bohol for violating the anrti-graft and corrupt law. The Sandiganbayan sentenced Trabajo to a penalty of six years to 10 years imprisonment, with perpetual disqualification from holding public office. It appreciated the prosecution’s evidence showing that Trabajo, in his official capacity as …

Zamboanga del Sur Mayor , 8 officials to face graft charges

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The  mayor and eight  officials from Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur are set to face trial in connection with the anomalous purchase of a heavy equipment in May 2011. The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause against Mayor Francisvic Villamero, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) officers Roberto Sayson, Loreto Peñaranda, Rogelim Cabrales, …

Ombudsman suspends Escalante city vice-mayor 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Escalante City Vice-Mayor Santiago Maravillas after he was found guilty of  two counts of Abuse of Authority/Oppression. Investigation found that during his stint as Acting Mayor, Maravillas terminated the services of contractual employees Florencio Lauron and Francisca Pabuaya, occupying the positions of …

Former Mayor, Vice Mayor indicted for getting transport allowances while using government car

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Mayor Reynor Gonzales and Vice-Mayor Cesar Gonzales of Lambunao, Iloilo, are set to face charges for  receiving transportation allowance (TA) in 2014. The complaint stemmed from the 2014 Commission on Audit (COA) Annual Audit Report finding that respondents received TA despite being assigned government vehicles for their official use. Based …

Customs employee convicted for failure to file SALNs 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Metropolitan Court  of Manila convicted Walter Reynoso,  a Customs Operations Officer of the Bureau of Customs over failure to file his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs). Reynoso, was convicted on 14 counts of violation of  Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees …

Former Negros Occidental mayor charged for SALN violations 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman charged former Mayor Francisco Nazareno of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, for four counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and two counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Ombudsman investigators from  …