Ombudsman employee suspended over extortion charges-A A +A
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
MANILA -- An employee of the Office of the Ombudsman was suspended for six months without pay after he was allegedly caught extorting money from a certain government worker two weeks ago.
According to Daniel Cariaga, process server Antonio Alibio demanded P150,000 in exchange for not initiating an Ombudsman case against him. Cariaga is said to be involved in an isolated gun-toting incident in December 29 last year.
With the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), agents nabbed Alibio in Bacoor, Cavite, on January 31 where he was reportedly seen receiving the marked money from Cariaga.
The following day, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera issued a four-page order placing Alibio under preventive suspension after finding that "the evidence of guilt is strong and (considering) that the charge involves dishonesty and grave misconduct or one that would warrant removal from the service."
Mosquera, chairman of the agency’s Internal Affairs Board, is also probing Alibio for robbery/extortion. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)