Ombudsman suspends Dapitan City treasurer

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MANILA, Philippines —Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has directed the Secretary of the Department of Finance to suspend Dapitan City Treasurer Medelyn Pacatang for one year without pay.

Pacatang was ordered suspended after she was found guilty of two counts of Simple Misconduct, two counts of Violation of Reasonable Office Rules and Regulations, and Gross Insubordination.

In case the penalty of suspension can no longer be implemented due to separation from service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s one year salary.

In its investigation, the Ombudsman found that respondent patently declined to pay the salaries of two newly-appointed personnel despite the directive of Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos.

As defense, Pacatang justified the refusal to process the salaries in view of her own interpretation of the Civil Service Law and Rules, particularly the Revised Omnibus Rules on Appointments and other Personnel Action.

Respondent also refused to follow the mayor’s directive for all city government employees to use the biometric machine system, attend flag raising ceremony, and wear the prescribed office uniform.

In its Decision, the Ombudsman stated that Pacatang’s adamant refusal to pay the salaries of the employees without justifiable reason and her mere reliance on her misguided interpretation of the civil service rules “is a clear defiance and violation of the established rules which constitutes Simple Misconduct, in the absence of the elements qualifying the same to Grave Misconduct.”

The Ombudsman also ruled that failure to attend flag ceremony and wear the prescribed uniform constitutes violation of Reasonable Office Rules and Regulations.-Jiann A. Padillo/Newsline.ph

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