‘Suspension vs Palanca is appealable’

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Friday, December 7, 2012


VICTORIAS City Vice Mayor Wantan Palanca said he is hoping that the suspension against his uncle, Victorias Mayor Severo Palanca, can still be appealed and not implemented yet.

Mayor Palanca and Permits and Licenses Division head Ramsy Panes were ordered suspended for six months and one day without pay after the Ombudsman found them guilty of dishonesty for issuing a business permit to a jai alai gaming station in Victorias City.

Vice Mayor Palanca said it will be the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that will implement the suspension order of the Ombudsman.

However, if the concerned party will appeal the decision, the implementation can be temporarily held in abeyance, he added.

DILG Provincial Officer Joy Madayag, when reached for comment, declined to comment on the matter as her office has not yet received the official copy of the order from the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman decision dated November 21 was approved by Ombudsman Conchita Morales-Carpio, as recommended by the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol. Copies of the verdict were ordered to be furnished to the regional office of the Civil Service Commission.

The complaint was filed by James Francis Anthony Garcia who is a nephew of Mayor Palanca.

Garcia stated in his complaint that the city officials conspired and took advantage of their public positions and helped one another in falsifying a public document denominated as “Business Permit” on June 23, 2010 and made it appear on the permit that Gaudencio Corona is the owner and operator of Dalisay Amusement Games and Recreation Station with address at Gonzaga Street, Victorias City, even if the entity does not exist.

The Ombudsman, in its decision, stated that the evidence substantially shows that respondents Palanca and Panes are guilty of dishonesty in issuing a business permit showing that Corona was the operator/owner of Dalisay Amusement Games and Recreation Station and showing that Corona had authority/license to engage in jai alai betting station, when such determinations are not supported by the documents supporting his application for a business permit. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 07, 2012.

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