• Ombudsman upholds order vs Camarines Norte governor

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    THE Office of the Ombudsman upheld its order to suspend Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado for one year without pay for grave abuse of authority in connection with refusal to reinstate a provincial veterinarian.

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    The anti-graft body in October found Tallado administratively liable for defiance of the Civil Service Commission’s directive in 2013 to reinstate Edgardo Gonzales.

    In his appeal, Tallado invoked the condonation doctrine on his suspension. However, the Ombudsman said that “the questioned act persisted even after reelection” and that “… Tallado’s defiance of Civil Service Commission’s directive to reinstate [Edgardo] Gonzales extended up to his present term of office.”

    The Ombudsman likewise found his co-respondents provincial legal officer Sim Mata and supervising administrative officer Mario dela Cruz administratively liable.

    Mata resigned in June 2013 and his suspension was converted into a fine equivalent to his six months salary.

    Dela Cruz was ordered suspended for six months without pay after finding him guilty of simple conduct.

    REINA TOLENTINO

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