Ombudsman to charge Kudarat mayor with graft

THE Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat with violation of Sections 3(e) and 3(f) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act No. 3019.

Pallasigue willfully and deliberately refused to implement the return-to-work order issued by the Civil Service Commission in favor of municipal planning and development coordinator Elias Segura Jr. in March 2014.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio found that Pallasigue acted with manifest partiality and evident bad faith in refusing to implement lawful orders from competent authorities without justifiable cause.

In 2007, Pallasigue dissolved the Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office and reassigned Segura to the Office of the Mayor where he was directed to report to the Municipal Integrated Public Terminal.

This  was an office with no chairs, tables, office supplies, equipment or personnel, and was 1.5 km away from the municipal hall.

Pallasigue also withheld the payment of Segura’s representation and transportation allowance in March 2008 and was dropped from the rolls of the municipality.

Segura appealed the reassignment order before the CSC which ruled in his favor.  In March 2014, the CSC issued a resolution directing Pallasigue to implement the orders of Segura’s return to work as well as the recall of his reassignment, but to no avail.

“The CSC Central Office, as a body, already resolved the matter in favor of complainant and directed the reinstatement of complainant to his former position thus, “respondent [had] no recourse but to implement the same,” the decision read.

“Respondent refused to act or implement the directives from competent authorities for a considerable period of time, for the obvious purpose of discriminating against complainant.”

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