Ombudsman suspends Basilan vice-mayor for grave misconduct 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has found former Lamitan, Basilan Mayor (now Vice Mayor) Roderick Furigay, guilty of Grave Misconduct and was meted the penalty of six months suspension without pay. The members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairman Florence Herrera, Acting City Accountant Nilo Sotto, BAC members: Ignacio …

Ombudsman charged ex-Lanao del Sur Mayor for non-filing of SALNs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Balabagan, Lanao del Sur Mayor Amer Sampiano faces charges before the Sandiganbayan for five counts of violating the ethical standards of government employees over his failure to file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2008-2012. After the investigation, the Ombudsman resolution stated Sampiano violated Section 8 …

Ombudsman orders filing of charges against Panglao mayor 

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of  one count of graft charge  and four counts of Unlawful Appointment against Mayor Leonila Montero of Panglao, Bohol. Montero was also found guilty of Simple Misconduct and was ordered suspended from office for three months. In its findings, the Ombudsman found that in …

Ombudsman dismissed Negros Oriental Governor

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the dismissal from the service of Governor Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental after he was found guilty of Grave Misconduct for the anomalous utilization of the province’s 2013 budget. The dismissal order carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility, …

Ex-PNP official pleads guilty to perjury, misdeclaring SALN

MANILA, Philippines — Former Police Chief Superintendent and criminal Investigation and Detention Group Chief Eduardo Matillano of the Philippine National Police has pleaded guilty to three counts of Perjury and eight counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees. Matillano, who was previously assigned …

Witness points PNoy brod-in-law in P8.7-Billion road scam

MANILA, Philippines —  A witness in the fake road right-of-way (RROW) claims for government projects amounting to PHP8.7 billion in General Santos City tagged the brother-in-law of former President Benigno S. Aquino III as involved in the scam, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday. Roberto Catapang Jr., who has been provisionally admitted to the …

BASECO officials charged for missing P102M Funds

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of 13 counts of  Anti-Graft and Corrupt  cases  against Proceso Maligalig and Agustiniana Avelino, members of the Board of Directors of the Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Corporation, Inc. (BASECO). Maligalig and Avelino were charged during their incumbency as BASECO board members, they made …

Ex DepEd Pagadian officials facing probe over P6M Belgian fund

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of malversation and  Informations for Malversation and anti-graft cases against former officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Pagadian City. Facing charges are Jesus Nieves and Marilou Tolosa, former officials of the Department of Education Regional Office IX in Pagadian City. …

Ombudsman Mindanao has a new home after 29 years of renting

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — After 29 years of renting, the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao has finally found at the corner of Libra and Earth streets in GSIS Heights Subdivision. The Ombudsman Mindanao Office stands stands on a 2,798 square meter behind the Government  Service Insurance System (GSIS) compound along MacArthur Highway, Matina, this …

Ex-Lucena City mayor convicted over P30M computerization project 

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan sentenced  former Lucena City mayor and members of the technical evaluation committee  to suffer six to eight years of imprisonment for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices act over the P30-million computerization program. The conviction of  ex-Mayor Ramon Talaga of Lucena City, Quezon Province, along with the city’s Technical Evaluation …