• Zamboanga Vice Mayor charged for appointing cousin

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    Former Mayor and now Vice Mayor Allan Damas of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur was charged before the Sandiganbayan for appointing his first cousin Nellie Toledo as Municipal Treasurer in 2007. This came after the Office of the Ombudsman affirmed its finding of sufficient ground to charge Damas for violating the Local Government Code of 1991 when he gave unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference to Toledo. Under Section 79 of the law, the appointment in the career service of any person related within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to the appointing or recommending authority is prohibited. The Ombudsman’s Office added that Damas’ lame excuse that he does not recall the contents of the certification he issued in favor of Toledo is not valid and that the appointment only shows his gross disregard of a fundamental legal requirement in making appointments to government offices.

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