Probers yet to decide on erring CTO workers

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Friday, January 10, 2014


THE total amount of unremitted taxes involving five erring City Treasurer's Office (CTO) employees reached P9 million, assistant city administrator for operations Lawyer Jhopee Avanceña-Agustin said.

This was based on the investigation conducted by the investigating panel, composed of Lawyers Tristan Dwight P. Domingo, Agustin and City Legal Office (CLO) head Osmundo Villanueva Jr. sitting as chair, after a probable cause was found to charge these employees with grave misconduct.

Agustin said each employee were allegedly involved in anomalous transactions amounting to millions. She said the panel is set to reveal the names of the suspects and decision against the five on January 17.

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The five employees underwent a 60-day preventive suspension after Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued last October 21 the order, which recommended the suspension of the six employees.

Meanwhile, City administrator Atty. Melchor Quitain said the final resolution is yet to be submitted to Duterte for approval.

He said all the testimonies of the persons involved are needed for the decision.

Quitain also revealed that there are other three CTO employees who are involved but they are yet on the process of investigating them.

"We still do not know what the decision will be. Let us wait until January 17," he said.

Quitain sworn they will reveal the names of involved on that day in the spirit of transparency.

“We have to tell the public that these are the people and that these are the sanctions/decisions against them. Pero hindi ko sinasabi na guilty or not guilty sila,” he said.

Domingo, on the other hand, revealed that some respondents made some confessions before them during the investigation process.

“Some of it (money) was returned by them as admitted by them. They made effort to return some of their money na na-cover sa charges na na-file sa ilaha,” Domingo said.

Quitain said should the five found guilty of the case, the city government will file administrative charges against them.

He also said that the Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao sent a formal letter before him asking him to send copies of resolution “since they might also file criminal cases against them.”

The discrepancy inside the CTO was found in June 2013.

The involved money is from the business taxes.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 10, 2014.

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