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  …

T’was yesterday : 1 Mayor, 3 top officials suspended and 1 convicted

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan and the Ombudsman issued three separate resolutions yesterday. 1. The Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day preventive suspension against Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. for delaying the implementation of the suspension order involving his  staff. The anti-graft court directed Montilla “to cease and desist from performing and/or …

Sandiganbayan suspends Sipalay City Mayor 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day preventive suspension against  Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. In a three-page Resolution, the anti-graft court directed Montilla “to cease and desist from performing and/or exercising the functions and duties as well as receiving and/or enjoying the salaries, benefits, and privileges of his present …

3 Davao agri officials face 90-day suspension 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan slapped as 90-day preventive suspension against three officials  from the Department of Agriculture XI. Facing suspension pending trial for violation of anti-graft and corrupt practices act are  Senior Agriculturists Melani Provido;  Isabelita Buduan, and Administrative Officer Marie Ann Constantino. The accused, who were all members of the Technical Working …

Sandiganbayan sanctions NLRC official 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  For teaching without the authority of the Court, the  Sandiganbayan found National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Labor Arbiter Alberto Dolosa guilty of violating the  Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. The Sandiganbayan ordered Dolosa to pay a find of P1,000 as he engaged in the unauthorized …