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DILG-NIR: No copy yet of Ombudsman dismissal order for Bacolod mayor

BACOLOD — The Department of Interior and Local Government-Negros Island Region (DILG-NIR) has not yet obtained a copy of the ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman ordering the dismissal of Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
Regional Director Anthony Nuyda, concurrent head of DILG-Western Visayas and DILG-NIR, said in an interview Tuesday that the Ombudsman order will first be furnished to the DILG Central Office.
Afterwhich, it will be sent to the regional office to be served to the respondents, he added.
Leonardia and nine other respondents were ordered dismissed after they were found guilty for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty in the procurement of furniture and fixtures for the Bacolod Government Center worth almost P50 million in 2008.
"The fight is not over. We will face this squarely at the proper forum," Leonardia said.
"We shall argue our case on its merits and clear our names. I am very confident with our lawyers who are competent, sincere, committed and enthusiastic, I'm sure we will put up a very good fight," the mayor added.
Leonardia said that his legal team already filed a petition for temporary restraining order and injunction before the Court of Appeals.
"We are confident that in the end, this will result to something positive for us," he said.
The dismissal order is stated in a 21-page joint resolution penned by Assistant Ombudsman Edna DiƱo on Dec. 2, 2016, and approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Dec. 13, 2016.
Aside from Leonardia, also ordered dismissed were Secretary to the Mayor Goldwyn Nifras, the BAC chairperson in 2008, Department of Public Services head Nelson Sedillo Sr., City Engineer Belly Aguillon, City Engineer Aladino Agbones, City Engineer Jaries Ebenezer Encabo, and BAC Secretariat head Melvin Recabar.
Others were Luzviminda Treyes, Eduardo Ravena, and Treasurer Annabelle Badajos, who are former city budget officer, city accountant, and city treasurer, respectively.
The ruling for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty also included corresponding accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of civil service eligibility, and bar from taking civil service examinations.
Moreover, the Ombudsman also recommended the filing of case against Leonardia and his co-respondents as direct participants and for their indispensable cooperation in the commission of the offense of violation of the Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, arising from the culpable violation of R.A. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
The complaint was filed by the Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Office of the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2021-Oct-18 21.17.24 UTC+0800