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Brgy captain dismissed
for grave misconduct

BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has dismissed a barangay captain of Sta. Catalina town in Negros Oriental for grave misconduct, and the decision took effect four days before his term ends on Saturday.

In his decision dated August 29, 2013, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol approved the dismissal from the service of Manalongon Brgy. Captain Eligio “Jun” Monte de Ramos.

The Department of Interior and Local Government served the order to De Ramos Monday at his residence in Manalongon, and required him to vacate the office, clear himself from all monies, properties and responsibilities and turn these over to his successor.

DILG Negros Oriental office-in-charge, Farah Gentuya, said that, by law, the first kagawad, Luzviminda dela Torre, has been directed to immediately assume the post of De Ramos, and to serve the unexpired portion of the term, or until the end of the month.

The dismissal of De Ramos stemmed from a criminal case for illegal possession of firearm, grave threats and malicious mischief filed by Angelito Mendoza Sr., also of the barangay.

Mendoza alleged that De Ramos and his son, John Vincent, went to his house at about 10 p.m. of November 19, 2010 and, armed with a rifle, threatened his life and discharged several gunshots.

The complainant said that he and his son, Angelito Jr., sought cover and when the Ramoses left, they found their four motorcycles riddled with bullets, and saw spent shells of an M-16 rifle in the premises.

In its decision, the Ombudsman said it directed De Ramos to file his counter-affidavit and position papers on February 27, 2013, but there was no response. The case was deemed submitted for decision July 29.

The decision said that there is no record showing that respondent filed any pleadings, hence, the Ombudsman has no other recourse but to resolve the same on the basis of the evidence on hand.

“It is undisputed that respondent strafed the house of complainant which caused damage to properties and endangered the lives of innocent people whom the village chief was supposed to protect being an elected barangay official,” it added.

The act of respondent in strafing the house of complainant is a deviation from the established norms of conduct required of a public servant. A wrongful act is evident which now constitutes as grave misconduct, the Ombudsman decision added.*JG

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