Ombudsman dismisses Leyte town exec for misconduct

THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from service of a municipal councilor in Albuera, Leyte for grave misconduct.

Buen Zaldivar, a Sangguniang Bayan member of Albuera town, was ordered dismissed for maintaining financial interest in a local cockpit business.

Ombudsman investigation showed that Zaldivar operated and maintained financial interests in the New Albuera Cockpit from 2008 until 2014.

Section 89 (2) of the Local Government Code prohibits public officials to directly or indirectly have any interest in any cockpit or other games licensed by a local government unit.

"Considering that respondent held and continued holding such prohibited interest in the cockpit business for most of his incumbency as SB member, such open disregard for the prohibition contained in Section 89 (a) (2) of the Local Government Code for all those years can only be characterized as a willful intent to violate the said provision of law.

Aside from dismissal, the Ombudsman ordered the filing of an information against respondent for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act with the Baybay, Leyte Regional Trial Court.

The Ombudsman also perpetually barred Zaldivar from public service, forfeited all his benefits and cancelled his civil service eligibility.
(ABC/SunStar Philippines)