Tagum exec suspended for cursing at teachers

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman Mindanao (OMB-Min) has ordered the suspension of a Tagum City government official due to his “derogatory words” against teachers of Magugpo Pilot Imelda Elementary School-Sped Center.

In its decision, the Ombudsman found acting city planning officer Arturo Blanco Manigo Jr. guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and was ordered suspended for six months without pay.

The decision stemmed from the complaint filed by Maria Aileen Leray, a teacher at the said school.

Based on the investigation of Janice Joanne Torres-Arrenas of OMB-Min, Manigo was elected as a member of the General Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) board of directors but was disqualified after failing to present a court appointment of guardianship of her niece.

The requirement is based on the Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 83, Series of 2010.

On July 25, 2015, Manigo attended the oath-taking of the elected PTA members and allegedly cursed at the teachers of the school.

The respondent, in his defense, denied the allegation that he pointed and shouted at the complainant.

However, according to the investigation, Manigo allegedly confessed that he did curse at the teachers during the gathering.

“This display of arrogance and rudeness in resorting to abrasive language warrant disciplinary action,” said Torres-Arrenas adding that “as a public officer, he should have shown respect in all his dealings but he failed to do so.”

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