Ombudsman dismisses VM of Zambo Sur town

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has dismissed the vice mayor Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur over alleged irregularities in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr. dismissed from the service after he was found guilty of falsification of official document and serious dishonesty by deliberately omitting several real properties from his 2011, 2012, and 2014 SALNs.

He was also meted the accessory penalty of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service.

Morales also directed the secretary of the Interior and Local Government to implement the penalty imposed upon Pacalioga.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft body also indicted Pacalioga for three counts of perjury and three counts of violation of Sec. 8, in relation to Sec. 11 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713).

Records show that in the questioned SALNs, Pacalioga failed to declare 10 parcels of land located in different barangays of Dumingag.

Pacalioga, in his defense, asserted that he did not need to declare the real properties as he already waived his rights over them in favor of the Dumingag United Subanen Association, Inc. and a certain Roel Dumayon prior to 2011.

However, investigation of the Ombudsman found the documents questionable as the quit claims did not mention any of the property.

Morales said that “the records of this case clearly show that respondent deliberately failed to declare his ownership of the real properties in his 2011, 2012, and 2014 SALNs.”

“The incomplete declaration of respondent’s assets in his SALNs constitutes Falsification while his deceptive acts qualify as Serious Dishonesty,” she added.

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