Surigao del Sur mayor, 8 others  indicted  for graft 

MANILA, Philippines — Bislig City, Surigaro del Sur Mayor Librado Navarro is facing graft charges as the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of the case which before the Sandiganbayan. The Ombudsman decision published on August 25, stated Navarro’s case stemmed from the anomalous purchase of a hydraulic excavator in 2012 worth P 14,750,000.00, according …

Ex-Basilan Mayor, treasurer  get jail term over P3.1-million GSIS remittance mess.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan sentenced former Lantawan, Basilan Mayor and municipal treasurer to imprisonment of six to ten years for their failure to remit the GSIS premium of the municipal employees. In a decision released on Wednesday August 23, the anti-graft court convicted former Mayor Tahira Ismael and Municipal Treasurer Aida Ajijon of Lantawan, …

Basilan Mayor, four officials face penalty over incomplete P4M water project 

MANILA, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman has found Mayor Darussalam Lajid of Al-Barka, Basilan guilty of Gross Neglect of Duty for failure to ensure the timely completion of the 2014 Salintubig Program of the Bottom-up Budgeting project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao amounting to P4,275,000.00. In a Decision released Friday, August 18, 2017, the …

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 …