Leyte town mayor suspended
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of a town mayor in Leyte and a former city vice mayor in Negros Occidental.
In separate decisions released on Friday, Mayor Susan Yap-Ang of San Isidro, Leyte and Santiago Maravillas, former vice mayor of Escalante, Negros Occidental, were found guilty of oppression and abuse of authority, respectively.
The ombudsman suspended Yap-Ang for nine months for refusing to allow barangay councilman Ramonsito Viola to attend a seminar on solid waste management in Cebu City from Dec. 3 to 5, 2015 due to his party affiliation.
Investigation showed YapAng ordered barangay captains to exclude councilmen who are not her party mates.
The ombudsman said YapAng’s action was “an abuse of authority amounting to oppression.”
Maravillas was suspended for six months in connection with a complaint filed by livestock inspector Angel Sinadjan.
Since Maravillas is no longer in office, the ombudsman said the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to his salary for six months.
Sinadjan said Maravillas terminated him on Jan. 6, 2016 without cause and due process. Records show Sinadjan was holding a permanent position in the city veterinarian’s office.
The ombudsman said Maravillas’ action was a “clear display of excessive use of authority.”