Del Mar wants Chiong’s COC can­celled

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad Staff Mem­ber

Naga City vice may­oralty can­di­date Venci del Mar has asked the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions to can­cel the Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy of may­oralty can­di­date Valde­mar Chiong.

Del Mar is a mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion, Dugong Dak­i­lang Sama­han - Demo­cratic Party of the Philip­pines (PDDS-DPP), and is run­ning against Chiong's daugh­ter, in­cum­bent Naga City Mayor Kris­tine Vanessa Chiong.

He filed the pe­ti­tion against Chiong last Thurs­day.

Del Mar said Chi ong lied on his COC when he de­clared that he has never been a sub­ject of a case, which has been “fi­nal and ex­ecu­tory” with an ac­ces­sory penalty of be­ing barred from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice.

In 2017, the Om­buds­man found Chiong guilty of grave mis­con­duct and gross ne­glect of duty. He was also barred from hold­ing a pub­lic of­fice.

The Om­buds­man's rul­ing was in con­nec­tion to Chiong's is­su­ing of a mayor's per­mit in 2014 to Petronas En­ergy Philip­pines de­spite the fact that the oil com­pany was yet to present a fire safety in­spec­tion cer­tifi­cate.

Then Om­buds­man Con­chita Car­pio Mo­rales ruled that Chiong vi­o­lated Sec­tion 5(g) of the Fire Code, which states that "no oc­cu­pancy per­mit, busi­ness or per­mit to op­er­ate shall be is­sued with­out se­cur­ing a Fire Safety In­spec­tion Cer­tifi­cate from the Chief, BFP, or the duly au­tho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive."

"Chiong de­lib­er­ately vi­o­lated the spe­cific re­quire­ment of Sec­tion 5 (g) of RA No. 9514 (Fire Code) and in do­ing so, he gave un­war­ranted ben­e­fits, ad­van­tage, or pref­er­ence to Petronas. This clearly shows gross in­ex­cus­able neg­li­gence and con­sti­tuted Grave Mis­con­duct and Gross Ne­glect of Duty on his part in the per­for­mance of his du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a Mayor," Mo­rales wrote in her res­o­lu­tion.

Chiong served as Naga mayor from 2006 to 2016. His daugh­ter, Kris­tine, is the mayor in of­fice.

“Fi­nal and ex­ecu­tory man ni (Val's case) on the side of the Om­buds­man. It's a mat­ter of in­ter­pre­ta­tion na sa mga lawyers,” Del Mar said.

While Chiong does not deny the ex­is­tence of the rul­ing, he clar­i­fied that he did not de­clare it be­cause, con­trary to Del Mar's ar­gu­ment, the same it is not yet fi­nal and ex­ecu­tory.

“Such case is now on re­view in the CA (Court of Ap­peals) for ad­min and the crim­i­nal is with Sandi­gan. In my own in­ter­pre­ta­tion, no fi­nal­ity for now,” Chiong told The FREE­MAN in a text mes­sage.

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