THE Bacolod City Council approved the recommendation of the committee on laws, ordinances, and good government to dismiss the administrative complaint filed against Barangay Bata chieftain Angelito Abaring.
The complaint was filed by Restituto Amparo for violation of Section 4 (b) and Section 5 (a) of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The recommendation was signed by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of committee on laws, and Councilor Ann Marie Palermo and Renecito Novero as vice chairperson and member, respectively.
Distrito said the complaint was dismissed for lack of interest of the complainant to pursue the case.
The committee's recommendation stated that the administrative complaint was endorsed by the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas and was referred by the City Council to the committee on laws, ordinances and good government on October 17, 2016.
The notice of pre-trial hearing and submission of pre-trial briefs were sent to the complainant, but he could no longer be found in the address indicated in the complaint, thus it was sent through a registered mail, it further stated.
During the May 25, 2017 hearing, the complainant did not appear and it was only respondent Abaring who attended and submitted a pre-trial brief to the committee.
On June 8, 2017, another hearing was set, but the complainant still failed to attend and only the respondent appeared.
Distrito said they recommended the dismissal of the case for lack of interest and failure to prosecute.