COURT FILES: Ombudsman suspends Ex-Maguindanao mayor

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of a former Maguindanao mayor and four others after they were found guilty of simple neglect of duty.

The ombudsman has ordered former South Upi, Maguindanao mayor Abdullah Campong suspended without pay for three months and one day.

The suspension order stemmed from the local government unit’s failure to remit the Pag-IBIG contributions for the months of April to November 2007; delayed remittance of GSIS contributions; and failure to remit taxes withheld on compensations of its employees from January to December 2007.

According to the decision, Campong, as a head of South Upi, violated Presidential Decree No.1752 (Home Development Fund Law of 1980), Republic Act 8291 (GSIS Law), and Republic Act 8425 (Tax Reform Act).

Aside from Campong, four others were also ordered suspended including: Municipal Treasurer Onfore Natividad; Municipal Accountant Kusain Masurong; Municipal Budget Officer Leonardo Tolitel, Jr.; and Cashier II Clara Tolitel.

Simple neglect of duty is defined as “the failure to give proper attention to a task expected of an employee resulting from either carelessness or indifference.” Warren Elijah E. Valdez

Rider charged

A MAN will be facing a criminal charge following a motorcycle accident last Sept. 9.

The Office of the City Prosecutor found probable cause to indict Jessie U. Panganoron for reckless imprudence resulting in slight physical injury under Art. 365, 1st paragraph, 3rd case in relation to Art. 266 of the Revise Penal Code.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Remedios Peal Marama.

Prosecutor Delfin M. Suarez,Jr., in his Sept. 19 resolution, stated that at around 8:05 a.m. of Sept. 9, Remedios was crossing the pedestrian lane in front of Coca-Cola plant in Bago Aplaya when the suspect bumped him with his motorcycle.

The doctor who attended her recommended surgery for multiple injuries.

The prosecutor found sufficient evidence that prove the suspect acted recklessly which resulted to the incident. Sec. 42(c), Art. 3 of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code provides that, “the driver of any vehicle upon a highway within a business or residential district shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing such highway within a crosswalk, except intersections where the movement of traffic is being regulated by a peace officer or by traffic signal.”

“Respondent should have yielded the right of way of the complainant who was crossing in a pedestrian lane,” the resolution said.

Moreover, the traffic investigator concluded in his traffic accident report that the main cause of the accident was “human error.”

Panganoron is now under the custody of Talomo Police Precinct.

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