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 …

Customs officer and wife penalized for misdeclaration

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —A couple was ordered to pay P86,000 for their  failure to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) and for failure to declare properties and business interests. The Ombudsman penalized  Bureau of Customs Operations Officer Hermogenes Caylan III and his wife , Eloisa Caylan, a Human Resource Officer of …

Sandiganbayan convicts court interpreter for bribery 

The Sandiganbayan has found Candelaria Mangulabnan, court interpreter of Branch 2 of the Municipal Trial Court of San Fernando City in Pampanga guilty of Direct Bribery. Mangulabnan  was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from four years to nine years and ordered to pay a fine of P60,000.00 with special temporary disqualification from holding public office. During the …

Ex-PTV4 manager convicted for failure to render accounts

MANILA, Philippines — A former manager of the government television station was convicted for failure to liquidate his cash advances amounting to P62,200.00. The Sandiganbayan convicted Renato Caluag, former general manager and chief operating officer of People’s Television Network, Incorporated (PTV4). Caluag pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Article 218 of the Revised Penal …

Tudela, Cebu ex-mayor imprisoned over bags of cement

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan sentenced former Mayor of Tudela  Cebu after he was found guilty of malversation public funds. Former Mayor Rogelio Baquerfo  Sr. was sentenced to 12 years to 18 years imprisonment with perpetual special disqualification from holding any public office, and was ordered to pay a fine of P57,750.00 plus interest at a …

Court convicts Customs officer for perjury 

MANILA, Philippines — For failure to properly declare his assets, a Bureau of Customs officer was charged. The Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila Branch 4 has convicted Bureau of Customs Operations Officer Walter Reynoso Sr. of 15 counts of Perjury, meted upon him four months imprisonment for each count. The respondent’s culpability stemmed from his …