Ombudsman to charge Caraga DavOr ex-mayor over P1.4-m anniversary fund

DAVAO CITY (July 20) —The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge former Caraga, Davao Oriental, Mayor William Duma-an and Municipal Treasurer Arnold Samon, for  spending P1,479,200.57  for the town’s founding anniversary without following procedures. Documents show that in July 2011,  Duma-an and Samon authorized the disbursement of P1,479,200.57 as cash advances for expenses in …

Zamboanga del Sur vice-mayor gets jail term for appointing his first cousin

DAVAO CITY (July 18 ) — The Sandiganbayan convicted Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, vice-mayor  Allan Damas  for appointing his first cousin to be the Municipal treasurer of his town, Damas was serving as municipal mayor when he appointed a certain Nellie Toledo, his first cousin as municipal treasurer. It was found out that Damas endorsed …

Camiguin solon wants probe on ailing electric coop

CAMIGUIN ISLAND  (July 10) – Congress Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo is seeking a congressional hearing on Camiguin Electric Cooperative (Camelco), the island’s electric provider. Romualdo said that the financial health of the cooperative is no longer viable under the leadership of General Manager Adriano Ebcas. On October 2017, Romualdo filed House Resolution No. 1385 directing …

Maguindanao mayor to face charges for non-filing of SALNs

DAVAO CITY (July 3) — The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, Municipal  Mayor Bai Zandria Ampatuan,  with four counts of violation of  the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Records show that Ampatuan failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and …

Mayor Sara to file charges vs groups using her name to collect money

DAVAO CITY (June 29) — After receiving reports that some groups and individuals use her name for money-making activities, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says she will not hesitate to file charges against them. Duterte-Carpio issued the warning after City Hall received reports that some groups are using her name to solicit money as membership …

Ombudsman investigates P100 collection for Marawi Siege movie

DAVAO CITY (June 28) — The Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao on Wednesday started to investigate the reported P100 collection for the viewing of Marawi Siege movie, in some state schools, colleges and universities in Zamboanga City and in the province of Basilan. Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Rodolfo Elman, in a message to Newsline.ph …

Ex-Quezon mayor convicted of estafa

DAVAO CITY (June 27) —  The Sandiganbayan convicted former Sampaloc, Quezon Mayor Samson Delgado for misappropriating the municipality’s P250,000 loan intended for a local housing projects. The Office of the Ombudsman earlier recommended filing of the case before the Sandiganbayan, In a 20-page Decision penned by Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Oscar Herrera, Jr., Delgado was found …

P100 collection for Marawi siege movie stirs controversy

DAVAO CITY (June 26) — Parents  from different state colleges and universities in Zamboanga City  and Basilan province  are up in arms against the P100 collection to view  the  Marawi Siege movie. Parents from various states colleges and universities called RMN-Zamboanga for clarification and to complain. The film “Ang Misyon: A Marawi Siege Story,”  is …

Ombudsman dismisses Sulu State College execs over P22M equipment deal

DAVAO CITY (June 26) — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal from the service of five officials of the Sulu State College (SSC) after uncovering multiple irregularities in the procurement of laboratory equipment worth P22 million. Found guilty of Grave Misconduct are SSC President Abdurasa Sariol Arasid, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairperson …