Former Cebu mayor penalized for Yolanda fund mess

CEBU CITY — The Office of the Ombudsman finds the former mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu guilty of simple negligence over the handling of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) released to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Former mayor Augusto Corro was ordered suspended for two months, but since the latter is no longer in office, the penalty …

Ex-Capiz guv charged with graft over vehicle purchase 

MANILA, Philippines — For buying a vehicle and preparing check payment under his name, a former  Capiz Governor Vicente Bermejo  is charged with graft. The records of the Ombudsman shows Bermejo purchased  through public auction  four vehicles in 2007  amounting to P1.95million and registered the same under the name of the Provincial government. But the …

Sandigan finds ex-Palawan guv guilty of graft

MANILA — The anti-graft court found former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes guilty of graft and was sentenced to suffer six years to eight years prison term, including perpetual disqualification from holding public office. In a 34-page decision penned by Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez, the anti-graft court found that Reyes acted with gross inexcusable negligence …

Tawi-Tawi ex-governor pleads guilty to SALN error 

MANILA, Philippines —The former governor of the province of Tawi-Tawi, Sadikul Sahali, has pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan for six counts of violation of Section 8 of Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713). Sahali was re-arraigned with the assistance of his counsel and was apprised of …

Ombudsman bars ex-agri secretary from government service

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman recommended the perpetual disqualification from public service for former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. In two separate decision,  the Office of the Ombudsman has found Alcala guilty of Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service. The Ombudsman meted the penalty of dismissal from …

Customs arrests Manila port employees for alleged corruption

MANILA, Philippines — Agents of the Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Services (ESS) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) arrested on Saturday, September 30,  an employee of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and two cohorts for alleged corruption inside the container yard of the port. Commissioner Isidro Lapena identified the …