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Ombudsman confirms decision against former town mayor

February 18 - 24, 2017

The Office of the Ombudsman has directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to implement its administrative orders against former Mayor Napoleon Cuaton of Saint Bernard town.

In the Ombudsman’s decision, which was ordered to be forwarded to the DILG, the Ombudsman ordered the one-year suspension of Cuaton.

The former LGU chief executive was recently found administratively liable for alleged Oppression/Abuse of Authority for reported consistently refusing to reinstate Gerry Mencide, a municipal hall employee, despite the Civil Service Commission’s finding that the termination of employment of Mencide was contrary to CSC rules.

Cuaton was earlier also found at fault by the office of the Ombudsman for alleged simple misconduct and ordered suspended for three months for allegedly illegally terminating Mencide.

However, Cuaton being no longer in government service, his suspension is now moot and academic, and the serving of the order is only to comply with procedure according to the DILG.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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