THE Ombudsman’s Office declared former Puntod village chief Marvin Beja and two other barangay officials guilty of serious dishonesty and misconduct in connection with the project to unblock the canal and footpath in 2015 in the town.
In a seven-page order drafted by Graft 3 investigative and prosecution officer Grace Morales and published on January 10, 2020, the Ombudsman found substantial evidence that the respondents Beja, now barangay advisor, and outgoing adviser to Puntod Tyler Sia and former barangay treasurer Carla Javonillo have been guilty of gross dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the service and serious misconduct.
The three village officials were dismissed from their posts.
But as the sanction could no longer be imposed because of their separation from service, “it is converted into a fine equivalent to each of the last salaries of the Respondent for one year payable to the Office of the Ombudsman, which can be deducted from their accumulated leave credits or any claims against their office.
“It will be understood that all the accessory penalties attached to the main penalty of revocation will continue to be pronounced”, specifies the order.
The case arises out of a complaint filed by a certain Mar Giovanni Cabingas who alleged that the respondents had signed a work program, a disbursement note to draw a cash advance of P 38,400 and a list of workers for the period. from February 2 to 28, 2015., to work on unblocking the canal and path project in block 1, district 5 and block 4, district 7 of the barangay.
The complainant further alleged that the respondents falsified the project payroll, giving the impression that two of the listed workers, identified as Ma. Ides Homeres and Rosalie Dacer, performed services when they did not. not done.
The ordinance said Homeres testified in an affidavit that she has no knowledge of the project and her employment there and that she has not received any money from said project, while Dacer is already deceased. in May 1973 as stated in a death certificate.
“Obviously, the interviewees made it appear that Homeres and Dacer were working in the barangay project when in fact they did not. Under Article 3 of Resolution 06- 0538 of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), this constitutes an administrative offense of serious dishonesty because they used fraud in the implementation of the barangay project, ”the order said.
“Interviewees also showed a blatant disregard for established rules and this tarnished the image and integrity of their office,” he added.