The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed the chairman and treasurer of Barangay Payatas in Quezon City for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
In its seven-page decision, the Office of the Ombudsman found substantial evidence against Barangay Chairman Manuel Guarin and Barangay Treasurer Susana Ugaldo for grave misconduct that merits the penalty of dismissal from service with cancellation of eligibility, forfeitures of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and being barred from taking civil service examinations.
The complaint was filed by Rodolfo Abordo and Sarina Cebujanore, members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa of Barangay Payatas, who alleged that the respondents pocketed a huge slice of the P5,000 cash gift and year-end bonus of P2,000.
Abordo and Cebujanore stated that they only received P1,000 cash gift instead of P5,000 and another P1,000 as year-end bonus instead of P2,000.
They claimed that on March 2014 the Sangguniang Barangay set aside P815,000 as cash gift and P515, 976 as year-end bonus.
By virtue of the barangay ordinance each barangay officer and employee was to receive P5,000 as cash gift and another P2,000 as year-end bonus.
Guarin and Ugaldo withdrew from DBP Commonwealth branch checking account numbers 0455-016369-030 and 46351813 with Ugaldo as the payee. Both checks were signed by the respondents being the authorized signatories.
Meanwhile, Guarin and Ugaldo, in their joint affidavit, denied the charges claiming that the complainants fully received their cash gifts and year-end bonus as shown by their respective signatures.
In a clarificatory hearing on November 4, 2015, Cebujano admitted that it was her signature that appeared in the receiving copy but denied the amount appearing across her name, while Abordo denied his signature and the amount he supposedly received.
In another clarificatory meeting on November 26, 2015 Felix Cabug-os, Rolando Danao and Oscar Dino, all members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa, corroborated Abordo’s and Cebujano’s claims.