The Office of the Ombudsman ordered Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella suspended for one month after he was found guilty of simple misconduct for delaying the implementation of its decision against two city officials in 2014.
The matter stemmed from an administrative decision by the Ombudsman in July 2014 ordering the suspension of former Building Official Isidro Sun Jr. and Building Inspector Jose Maria Makilan, who were found them guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the service.
Puentevella received a directive from the Ombudsman on December 9, 2014 to implement the suspension order but in reply, the mayor wrote a letter insisting that “in the spirit of Christmas, the effectivity of the Order is set on January 1, 2015.”
The Ombudsman then found him administratively liable for supposedly delaying the implementation of its decision.
In ordering Puentevella’s suspension, it explained that “the Ombudsman Act of 1989 [Republic Act No. 6770] plainly states that decisions of the Office of the Ombudsman are immediately effective and executory” and that “there is nothing vague or ambiguous with this wording.’
“[N]either R.A. No. 6770 nor the issuances of the [Ombudsman] authorize a head of office or agency to schedule a different date for the effectivity of the Decision,” it stressed.