The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of Gov. Roberto Uy of Zamboanga del Norte for one-month after he was found liable for violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officers and Employees.
According to the Ombudsman, Uy allegedly failed to act upon several letters and endorsements forwarded to his office regarding a request for payment of back salaries of an administrative assistant in August 2015.
“[I]t took two months for respondent Uy to advise complainant that his claims had been referred to the Provincial Legal Officer,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said.
Morales directed the Interior Secretary to implement the order which is “final, executory and unappealable.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ombudsman found Uy guilty of violating Section 5(a) of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officers and Employees.
It provides that public officials and employees shall respond to letters, telegrams or other means of communications sent by the public within 15 working days from receipt.
Section 5(a) also states that the reply must contain the action taken on the request.