Ombudsman suspends Camarines Norte governor

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THE Office of the Ombudsman has found Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado administratively liable for his refusal to reinstate a provincial veterinarian two years ago and suspended him for one year.

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In a statement issued on Thursday, the office said that it ordered the suspension of Tallado for one year after it found him guilty of oppression/grave abuse of authority.

The Ombudsman added that Tallado refused to comply with the Civil Service Commission’s directive to reinstate provincial veterinarian, Edgardo Gonzales, in November 2013.

It likewise found that his co-respondents, Provincial Legal Officer Sim Mata Jr. and Supervising Administrative Officer Mario dela Cruz, are also administratively liable thus suspending them for one year without pay.

“[T]he series of acts committed by Tallado and Mata, together with dela Cruz, against Gonzales squarely fall under Oppression/Grave Abuse of Authority,” the office said, citing its order dated October 2.

In a separate case, Meanwhile, Bacolod City Administrator Rolando Villamor was also suspended for six months without pay after the Ombudsman found him administratively liable for appearing as a lawyer in a civil case against the city government.

The office found Villamor guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

“In a clear case of conflict of interest, Villamor appeared as counsel for Galeno Construction Inc. in a civil case filed against the city government,” it said in a statement.

“[B]y representing a party whose interest collides with that of his employer, the City of Bacolod, respondent Rolando invited suspicion of infidelity to either party,” the Ombudsman held in a Decision dated October 1 and made public on Thursday.

“Respondent’s transgression erodes the public’s trust in government employees especially since he holds the esteemed position of City Administrator,” it added.

“[A]ny act that falls short of the exacting standards for public office cannot be tolerated,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said.

Villamor has reportedly resigned because he is running for congressman next year.

Suspension is convertible to a fine in case the public official has already resigned from position.

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