Ombudsman suspends SPMC engineer for carrying an affair

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman Mindanao has suspended an engineer of the Southern Philippines Medical Center for abandoning his family.

The engineer (name withheld to protect the children) was ordered suspended for six months without pay after he was found administratively liable for immoral and disgraceful conduct.

In his counter-affidavit, the respondent denied that he cohabited with the other woman but admitted that he sired two children with her.

However, Elman in its decision, said that “respondent has shown fidelity to his sexual affair with a woman not his wife – by having two children with her – while failing to apply the same virtue to his wife.”

The respondent also cleared that he did not abandon his family for the other woman but his three legitimate children executed an affidavit stating the contrary.

Immoral and disgraceful conduct is defined as an act which violates the basic norm of decency, morality and decorum, abhorred and condemned by the society and conduct which is willful, flagrant or shameless, and which shows a moral indifference to the opinions of the good and respectable members of the community.

Results of the investigation of lawyer Jay Visto showed that the respondent engaged an illicit and sexual relationship with a woman not his wife for years and having two children with her.

In case of separation from the service, the penalty of suspension is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s salary for six months and may be deductible from his accrued leave credits or nay receivable from his office.

The Secretary of the Department of Health was directed to implement the suspension order.

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