The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to file charges against a commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) who allegedly solicited P100,000 from a lawyer.
In a statement, the office said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the filing of charges at the Sandiganbayan against Commissioner Angelo Palaña for violations of Section 3(e) of the Republic Act No. 3019 or the anti-graft law and of Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
“In addition, Palaña was held administratively liable for Grave Misconduct and was ordered dismissed from the service with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and disqualification for reemployment in the government service,” it said.
The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Rebene Carrera who claimed that sometime in December 2011, Palaña asked him for a loan because “he was very badly in need of money” adding that the loan will be considered as “goodwill money.”
Carrera was a lawyer in 16 cases pending before the NLRC’s 4th Division, of which Palaña is a member.
Out of fear that his cases may be prejudiced, Carrera gave in to Palaña’s demand and deposited P100,000 in the latter’s bank account. This was evidenced by a BDO cash deposit slip dated Dec. 21, 2011, the office said.
Palaña claimed that it was an office janitress who made the cash deposit.
But the office held that he “acted with evident bad faith” and that “he never refuted nor denied that the said amount was deposited to his account, nor did he refute ownership of said account with BDO.”