CA affirms dismissal of ex-Ombudsman official

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Monday, February 17, 2014


THE Court of Appeals (CA) backed the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to sack former special prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio for faking the records of his absences six years ago.

In its ruling, the CA Ninth Division found nothing in the records to show irregularity in the proceedings or handling of the complaint against Villa-Ignacio, who was dismissed from the service in July 2010.

He was kicked out by then Overall Deputy Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro for serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. Villa-Ignacio then appealed the ruling with the CA.

According to the Ombudsman Internal Affairs Board, Villa-Ignacio was absent from work for nearly four months or 113 days in 2008, 63 of which were not declared as official leaves.

His secretary/daughter, Monica, also did not show up for more than five months or 166 days on the same year.

Villa-Ignacio was the lead prosecutor in the plunder case against former President Joseph Estrada, who was convicted by the Sandiganbayan but later pardoned by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in October 2007. (Sunnex)

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