Ombudsman affirms charges vs Rizal mayor, ex-vice mayor for falsification

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The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the charges against Pililla, Rizal Mayor Leandro Masikip and former Vice-Mayor Tomas Aguirre for allegedly falsifying a resolution that appropriated funds for a road project. The resolution (Resolution No. 22, series of 2005) authorized the appropriation of P105,350 for the expropriation of a parcel of property for the construction of a barangay road. Masikip and Aguirre allegedly made it appear that members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Pililla deliberated upon and passed the Resolution “when, in fact, they did not participate therein,” the anti-graft office said. “[A]s a rule, proposed ordinances and resolutions must specify the date of its effectivity, a brief explanation justifying its approval and most of all, it must be signed by the authors thereof and submitted to the Secretary of the Sanggunian who shall report the same …during its next meeting,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said. In the related administrative case, the office found Aguirre guilty of Simple Dishonesty and fined an equivalent to six months’ salary while the administrative case against Masikip was dismissed in view of his reelection in 2007. The cases against Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Alejandro Amores were dismissed on account of his death in 2008.

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