The Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon ruled for the perpetual disqualification from public office of former Mayor Moises “Bonbon” Villaseñor of Lucban, Quezon after he was found guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty.
Villaseñor, currently the village chieftain of Barangay Samil, is running for mayor of Lucban under PDP-Laban, contesting incumbent Mayor Celso Olivier Dator of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
The eight-page order, signed by Elbert Bunagan, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer I of the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon, was issued on March 11, 2015 but was received by the municipal government of Lucban on April 16, 2016.
Part of the order reads that it found Villaseñor “guilty of Grave Misconduct and Serious Dishonesty and imposing upon him the penalty of dismissal from the service with the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification to hold any public office, cancellation of eligibility and forfeiture of retirement benefits.”
Villaseñor was accused with the criminal offense of Dishonesty, Grave Abuse of Authority and Grave Misconduct, based on the complaint filed by Dator on August 2014 after he and officials of Apolinario de la Cruz Water Works System discovered two unmetered water pipelines at the SAKA [Samil, Ayuti, Kalyaat, Abang] intake box in Barangay Samil which were connected to Villaseñor’s house.
The unmetered pipelines were installed in 2008 when Villaseñor was the town mayor, which was in violation of the Municipal Water Code. Follow-up inspection in September 2014 revealed another undocumented and unauthorized water pipeline illegally installed inside the public water intake box and “likewise exclusively serving” the property of the respondent.
On September 29, 2014, Dator filed a Supplemental Complaint Affidavit stating that based on the Kautusang Bayan Blg. [Municipal Order] 2005-6, the estimated bill of the respondent was at P1,361,710 having incurred 25 percent penalty computed in five years at P340, 427.64, rendering a total due to more than P1.7 million.
In November 2014, the Ombudsman directed Villaseñor to submit his counter affidavit. However, he failed to submit his answer despite granted a motion for time extension. This led for the case to be “deemed submitted for resolution on the basis of the evidence on the record.”