Surigao Sur town mayor charged by Ombudsman

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman Mindanao (OMB-Min) has found probable cause to indict a municipal mayor of Carmen in Surigao del Sur for appointing a person to a position despite the lack of legal qualification.

Antonio T. Borda Jr. was changed for unlawful appointment under Art. 244 of the Revised Penal Code.

Catherine Arienza, human resource management officer of Carmen, Surigao del Sur, filed the case against Borda.

Arienza alleged that on April 16, 2014, Borda appointed Catherine Louise P. Laorden as the local civil registrar in a permanent capacity, despite knowing that she failed to meet the required three-year experience as provided under Sec. 479 of the Local Government Code.

Borda also signed and approved the Personnel Selection Board’s minutes which clearly detailed Laorden’s lack of required work experience, negating his claim of good faith.

Lawyer Rey Mar Ondi of OMB-Min, in his resolution approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, initially charged Borda for violation of Sec, 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

However, the case was dropped because Laorden’s appointment did not cause undue injury to the government, nor did she receive unwarranted benefit from the appointment.

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