Another dismissal against Iloilo Mayor Mabilog over towing deal

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman issued another dismissal order against Iloilo mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service over an alleged anomalous towing services contract with his own firm. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the second dismissal after he was …

Ombudsman files graft charges against sacked ERC chairman

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman  filed graft charges against sacked chairman of the Energy Regulations Commission (ERC). Charged before the court was dismissed ERC chair Jose Vincent Salazar along with four other of the  Commission (ERC). The Ombudsman resolution indicted ERC Chairperson Jose Vicente Salazar, and ERC Commissioners Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc, Alfredo …

Ombudsman orders the dismissal of CDO Mayor Oscar Moreno 

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales orders the dismissal of   former Misamis Oriental Governor, now Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and three others after they were found guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. Dismissed along with Moreno are  Elmer Wabe (former Acting Provincial …

Sandiganbayan rejects Revilla’s bid to dismiss plunder case

MANILA, Philippines— The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to seek an outright dismissal of the plunder case filed against him for his alleged involvement in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or the so-called “pork barrel.” The anti-graft court said it found “no compelling reason …

P6-M PCSO Christmas party ‘insensitive’: Gatchalian

MANILA, Philippines — “Insensitive.” This was how Senator Sherwin Gatchalian described the Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which reportedly cost PHP 6 million. “I believe staging this party in a luxurious five-star hotel and extravagantly spending PHP6 million is an ostentatious display of insensitivity on the part of PCSO,” Gatchalian said in …

Sandiganbayan places Bataan local execs under preventive suspension

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has placed three local executives of Limay, Bataan, under preventive suspension  for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices act. Ordered suspended pendente lite for 90 days are Municipal Assessor Jocelyn Linao, Municipal Treasurer Felicidad Cruz; and Engineer Rolando Flores of the Department of Public Works and Highways 1st District Engineering Office. In …

Lanao Del Sur execs dismissed for unremitted GSIS premiums 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman found Vice-Mayor Diarangan Dipatuan and Treasurer Rasad Dumarpa of Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao Del Sur, guilty of Grave Misconduct and were ordered dismissed from the service. Dipatuan and Dumarpa  were also meted the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for re-employment …

Sulu execs in trouble over non-filing of SALNs 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Mayor Al-Razhmie Halun of Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu and Nurse II Jakaratul Halun of Luuk District Hospital, are facing multiple indictments for violating the  Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Former Mayor Halun and  Jakaratul Halun are set to face trial for failure to file their …

Misamis Oriental officials in trouble for favoring relative

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Grace Jardin of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental and the members of its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) are set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan for one count of violation of  of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for giving unwarranted benefit to Warren Gaurana, owner of WGG Concrete Products and …