Aug 2, 2017 @ 15:31

Nine authorities officials and workers have been discovered responsible in an administrative case regarding their involvement within the misuse of the pork barrel of former Misamis Occidental Representative Marina Clarete.

The Office of the Ombudsman has issued a decision which discovered responsible of grave misconduct, critical dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to one of the best curiosity of service 9 officials from the the defunct National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC), and Technology Resource Center (TRC).

They are NABCOR Manager Romulo Relevo and Bookkeeper Maria Ninez Guañizo; NLDC Directors Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal and Chita Jalandoni, and Division Chiefs Gregoria Buenaventura, Ofelia Ordoñez and Sofia Cruz; TRC Chief Accountant Marivic Jover and Budget Specialist Consuelo Espiritu.

With this, the Ombudsman slapped them with dismissal from the service with the accent penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement advantages, and perpetual disqualification from reemployment within the authorities service. If any of them are now not in authorities service, the penalty is convertible to a advantageous equal to 1 yr’s wage.

In its decision, the Ombudsman discovered the 9 have prolonged uncommon lodging within the launch of the P47.5 million of Clarete’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in favor of the non-government organizations (NGOs) chosen by the previous legislator as companions for his livelihood improvement initiatives.

These NGOs are the Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation, Inc. (KKAMFI), Kasangga sa Magandang Bukas Foundation, Inc. (KMBFI) and the Aaron Foundation Philippines, Inc. (AFPI).

Also, the Ombudsman stated the listing of beneficiaries, accomplishments and liquidation reviews have been all discovered to be fictitious and that regardless of the irregularities, respondents licensed the disbursements and issued checks with out verifying the supporting paperwork.

“Instead of using the PDAF disbursements received by them to implement the livelihood projects, the officers of KKAMFI, KMBFI and AFPI, as well as their suppliers, all acting in conspiracy with Clarete and herein respondents, diverted the PDAF for their own personal benefits,” the Ombudsman said.