Cadiz ex-mayor un­der pro­ba­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THE Sandi­gan­bayan has granted the ap­pli­ca­tion for pro­ba­tion of a for­mer city mayor in the province who was con­victed for the dis­missal of lo­cal gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees in 1998.

Based on a res­o­lu­tion dated May 17 and re­leased on Thurs­day, the Sandi­gan­bayan’s Fifth Di­vi­sion placed for­mer Cadiz City mayor Ed­uardo Varela un­der a four-year pro­ba­tion.

Varela’s ap­pli­ca­tion for pro­ba­tion is sub­ject to the con­di­tions the graft court has im­posed.

“Upon pe­rusal of the post-sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port, the court finds the rec­om­men­da­tion for grant­ing of the pro­ba­tion of Varela to be well-taken,” the Sandi­gan­bayan in its de­ci­sion, said.

Varela was also re­quired to re­port to his pro­ba­tion and pa­role of­fi­cer at least twice a month and is not al­lowed to change his ad­dress without prior ap­proval from the of­fi­cer or court.

The for­mer of­fi­cial must also se­cure a writ­ten per­mit from the of­fi­cers or from the Fifth Di­vi­sion in case he in­tends to travel for more than 30 days.

He was di­rected to ren­der com­mu­nity ser­vice and par­tic­i­pate in treeplant­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, se­cure em­ploy­ment, and re­frain from as­so­ci­at­ing with groups or per­sons with ques­tion­able char­ac­ter, among oth­ers.

Varela was con­victed by the Sandi­gan­bayan for vi­o­lat­ing Repub­lic Act 6656, which pro­tects the se­cu­rity of ten­ure of civil ser­vice per­son­nel, after fir­ing 166 em­ploy­ees in 1998 as part of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the city gov­ern­ment.

After the dis­missal, Varela has hired 101 new per­son­nel, prompt­ing 19 of the fired em­ploy­ees to file a com­plaint against him.

The em­ploy­ees later got a fa­vor­able rul­ing from the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.*

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