Maguindanao mayor faces dismissal, criminal raps over SALN violations 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montasir Sabal for serious dishonesty. In a decision published at the website of the Ombudsman, Sabal  was also meted the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility and forfeiture of retirement benefits. In addition, the …

Ombudsman indicts Ex-Surigao del Norte Mayor and 5 officials 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the indictment of former Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte Mayor Rosalinda Penera for irregularities in the disbursement of funds for its Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) worth P980,000.00. Included in the charge sheet are municipal officials Dianette Evangelista, Aurea Menil, Gilbert Dagcuta, and Lei Amor Laplana, and …

Ex-Cebu mayor in trouble over unliquidated cash advances

MANILA, Philippines— Former San Remigio, Cebu Mayor Jay Olivar was charged before the Sandiganbayan for failure to  liquidate or “failure render accounts” amounting to P585,000.00 in cash advances for various expenses for its anti-illegal drugs campaign, Christmas celebration, Suroy-Suroy Sugbo  and supplies. In a decision released Monday, August 14, 2017, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered …

For illegal purchase cars, So. Leyte governor dismissed from the service 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado after he was found guilty of Grave Misconduct for mishandling the 2007 procurement of second-hand vehicles. The dismissal order was released Thursday  August 10, it  carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public …

Sen. Honasan posts bail over PDAF case

MANILA, Philippines— Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan  posted P60,000 bail bond to avoid getting arrested over alleged fund misuse. Reports have it, Honasan posted a bailbond for his temporary liberty at a local court in Biñan, Laguna on Friday. On August 10, Thursday, the Sandiganbayan ordered Honasan’s arrest for allegedly misusing his P30-million Priority Development Assistance …

Bohol mayor dismissed for granting fee exemptions 

MANILA, Philippines— The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Mayor Necitas Cubrado of Pilar, Bohol after she was found guilty of Grave Misconduct. The penalty of dismissal from the service carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility, and forfeiture of retirement benefits. …

Ombudsman files charges vs. own investigator, kin over foiled P3M extortion

MANILA, Philippines— The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against it’s own  Associate Graft Investigation Officer III Leonardo Nicolas, Jr. and his cousin, Labor Arbiter Isagani Laurence Nicolas of the National Labor Relations Commission for direct bribery. Leonard and Isagani  Nicolas were charged in Dagupan City Branch, for Direct Bribery and violation of …

Ombudsman indicts ex-Cebu Mayor for graft

MANILA, Philippines—  Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has found probable cause to indict before the Sandiganbayan former Naga City, Cebu Mayor Valdemar Chiong for graft and questionable issuance of business permit. Chiong was also found guilty of grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty which results into his disqualification from public office. Morales said since Chiong …

Sandiganbayan convicts two ex-BFP chief over vehicle repair

MANILA, Philippines—  The Sandiganbayan convicted former Bureau of Fire Protetion chief following the recommendation of the Office of the Ombudsman. Convicted are former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Chief Francisco Senot, along with Florante Cruz, former chief of the Finance Service Unit. The conviction was handed after the anti-grft court found out the 2001 ghost …

Nine gov’t execs dismissed over P47.5-M ghost projects

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed from the service nine government executives allegedly involved in the misuse of the PHP47.5-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of then Misamis Occidental First district Representative  Marina Clarete. Ombudsman investigation showed the projects identified were not implemented and turnout to be ghost. Following the investigation, nine  officials …