Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd has ordered that penalties ranging from dismissal from the service to suspension without pay be imposed on four municipal treasurers and a Bureau of Customs (BOC) agent in connection with separate cases filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Dominguez directed the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) to dismiss from the service municipal treasurer Angelita Roble of Tudela, Cebu and to suspend for one year without pay Local Treasury Operations Officer IV Marilou Rivera, who is officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Treasurer in Misamis Oriental.
He also ordered BLGF acting Executive Director Nino Raymond Alvina to suspend municipal treasurer Cherryl Aguirre of Valladolid, Negros Occidental for three months without pay, and municipal treasurer Rosita Siniclang of Emilio, Ilocos Sur for one month and one day.
At the BOC, Dominguez directed Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to suspend for two months without pay Special Agent Samuel Gamao Saed.
In dismissing Roble from the service, the Ombudsman found her guilty of serious dishonesty for failing to account for some P250,000 in financial assistance released to her office 14 years ago by Malacanang under the President’s Social Fund (PSF).
The Ombudsman also canceled Roble’s eligibility, ordered the forfeiture of retirement benefits and her perpetual disqualification from reemployment in the government service.
Roble and then-mayor Tudela Mayor Rogelio Baquerfo received P250,000 in financial aid from the PSF in November 2002 to implement the town’s socio-civic projects.