Galing pala sa DSWD! Cabanatuan vice mayor Umali ordered dismissed for repacking relief goods
Cabanatuan City Vice Mayor Emmanuel Antonio Umali has been ordered dismissed from his position over his alleged involvement in the anomalous repacking and distribution of relief goods in 2016.
The Office of the Ombudsman slapped the dismissal on Umali after finding him guilty in an administrative complaint of grave misconduct, grave abuse of authority, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
The Ombudsman also found guilty with him and dismissed from their posts were city councilors Gabriel Calling and Johnero Mercado, Barangay Barlis Chairman Ramon Garcia, Barangay Mayapyap Sur Chairman Richard Medina, Economist III Leoncio Daniel, Administrative Officer V Emelita Muyot, Social Welfare Officer I Fannie Bugayong, Nutrition Officer II Lutgarda Domingo, Bookbinder Teresa Castelo, and Social Welfare Aide Irenea Palma.
Should anyone of them are no longer in service they should pay a fine in the amount equivalent to a year’s salary.
Apart from dismissal, the respondents were also meted with the cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of recruitment benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and barred from taking civil service examinations.
Under the allegations, the respondents are accused of allegedly having conspired in the unauthorized repacking and distribution of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in January 2016.
Instead of handing these as relief goods with DSWD labels, the items were allegedly distributed during gift-giving activities in several barangays to advance their political interest in the 2016 polls.
“By removing the goods from the DSWD boxes and placing them in unlabeled white bags and sorting them into blue sacks with pink or white stripes, respondents made it appear that the goods were sourced elsewhere and not from the DSWD,” the Ombudsman ruling said.
“While they claimed that the relief goods distributed at the event were not sourced from the DSWD, they presented no evidence to show that they sourced them elsewhere or purchased the goods themselves. In fact, said respondents made no categorical statements in their pleadings as to the source of the goods,” it added.
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