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Dismissal of Ilog
employees not enforced


The order of the Ombudsman dismissing seven members of the Ilog town government Bids and Awards Committee and a school official has not been implemented yet, lawyer Jovim Entila said.

He said Mayor John Paul Alvarez has not received an order from the Ombudsman  directing him to enforce such order.

Under the Aguinaldo doctrine, Alvarez was not included in the dismissal order in connection with an administrative  criminal case for the town funds spent on the repair of a vehicle donated to the Department of Education about five years ago.

In a July 15 letter addressed to Ilog Acting Mayor Nelson Genito, Deputy Ombudsman Pelagio Apostol,   directed him to enforce the suspension of the Ilog employees  who had been found guilty of grave misconduct, and meted the penalty of dismissal.

The respondents, whom Entila did not name,  have filed a petition for certiorari  and prohibition before the Court of Appeals assailing  the decision dismissing them from government service.

Apostol, in his July 15 letter to Genito, said the CA petition cannot stop the implementation of the dismissal order.

Section 7, Rule III of Administrative Order  No. 7  provides that a decision of the Office of the Ombudsman in administrative cases shall be executed as matter of course.

The seven  Ilog government employees, including district supervisor Arcenia Juanero were ordered dismissed in the administrative case.

Juanero, however, had already retired when the order was released late last year.

A complaint had been filed against the  officials for the release of P93,000 plus, for the repair of a Pajero donated by the town government to the DepEd.

The payment was allegedly made even before the repair was completed, a claim the respondents have denied.*CPG





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