DILG: No communication yet on Bacolod mayor’s dismissal

THE Department of Interior and Local Government-Negros Island Region (DILG-NIR) has not yet received a copy of the joint resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman ordering the dismissal of Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Anthony Nuyda, director of DILG-NIR, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday the order will first be forwarded to the DILG central office, then to the regional office to be implemented or served to the respondents.

As of Tuesday, he has yet to receive a communication from the central office regarding the case of Leonardia.

“While waiting for the order, Leonardia is still the mayor of Bacolod,” Nuyda added.

Leonardia and nine other respondents were ordered dismissed after they were found guilty for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty in the procurement of furniture and fixtures for the Bacolod Government Center worth almost P50 million in 2008.

The mayor said that his legal team already filed a petition for temporary restraining order and injunction before the Court of Appeals.

The dismissal order is stated in a 21-page joint resolution penned by Assistant Ombudsman Edna Diño on Dec. 2, 2016, and approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on December 13, 2016.

Aside from Leonardia also ordered dismissed were Secretary to the Mayor Goldwyn Nifras, the BAC chairperson in 2008, Department of Public Services head Nelson Sedillo Sr., City Engineer Belly Aguillon, City Engineer Aladino Agbones, City Engineer Jaries Ebenezer Encabo, and BAC Secretariat head Melvin Recabar.

Others were Luzviminda Treyes, Eduardo Ravena, and Treasurer Annabelle Badajos, who are former city budget officer, city accountant, and city treasurer, respectively.

The ruling for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty also included corresponding accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of civil service eligibility, and bar from taking civil service examinations.

The Ombudsman also recommended the filing of case against Leonardia and his co-respondents as direct participants and for their indispensable cooperation in the commission of the offense of violation of the Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, arising from the culpable violation of R.A. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.

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