• NEA executive faces charges of soliciting P1.5 million

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    The acting department manager for legal services of the National Electrification Agency (NEA) is facing charges for allegedly receiving P1.5 million from the Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cotelco) in 2010.

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of criminal charges against Omar Mayo for violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713).

    In a joint resolution made public on Wednesday, the Office of the Ombudsman said Mayo solicited and accepted money from Cotelco, over which NEA has regulatory and supervisory authority.

    The money was allegedly deposited in Mayo’s personal account in Unionbank.

    The official also received a P28,200 cash advance from Cotelco,” the anti-graft office said.

    Mayo alleged that the money represented the litigation costs he had advanced to another counsel in connection with the case involving Cotelco’s franchise.

    But Morales said the bare assertion “cannot prevail over the contents of the undisputed Liquidation Report, Check Voucher, Deposit Slip, Audit Report and the anonymous letter stating that Mayo had been paid by and accepted from Cotelco the amount of P1.5 million as litigation fee.”

    Mayo was also found administratively liable for grave misconduct and dismissed from the service.

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