Tuesday August 21, 2018

Calinawan’s suspension stands

CARCAR City Engineering Office Chief Santiago Saducas-Calinawan Jr. will be away from his office for at least one year.

This, after the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas, has affirmed Calinawan’s one-year suspension without pay for his alleged refusal to issue a fencing permit to a landowner last year.

Eleanor Tayad-de Mira, graft investigation and prosecution officer, denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Calinawan since it was filed beyond the required period.

“Even if the motion (for reconsideration) would be given the due course, the office finds no merit on respondent’s contention,” read de Mira’s six-page order.

In its decision dated Feb. 23, 2017, the Ombudsman-Visayas suspended Calinawan Jr. after he was found liable of grave abuse of authority/oppression and Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by one Alejandra Aleonar, who accused Calinawan of violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Aleonar, who owns a parcel of land in Barangay Cogon, Poblacion I, Carcar City, said that her representative filed an application for fencing permit last Jan. 13, 2016. By the end of January, Aleonar’s son, Alvin, followed up on the application but was told by the Building Official of Carcar City, headed by Calinawan, that it cannot issue the permit due to a pending case involving the property.

Calinawan told them that Carcar City Councilor Harold Nacua told him of the supposed pending case.

Alvin asked for a copy of the complaint so they could respond, but the city engineer failed to give any document to them. (GMD)