MANILA - Lawaan, Eastern Samar Mayor Candida Gabornes and two other officials were slapped with criminal and administrative charges over the purchase of spare parts and tires for a privately owned car, the Office of the Ombudsman said.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of two counts of malversation through falsification of public documents and two counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) against Municipal Mayor Candida Gabornes, Municipal Accountant Pedro Gabornes and Municipal Treasurer Ruben Baet.
The case stemmed from the alleged purchase using public funds of spare parts and tires worth P41,801.14 for the mayor's Mitsubishi Montero in 2012.
"As high-ranking responsible officers they ought to know and as a matter of fact are presumed to know the applicable law, rules and regulations pertinent to the discharge of their respective official duties and responsibilities," Morales explained.
The municipal accountant and treasurer were also sued because "pieces of evidence on record glaringly show how [they] acted in concert to facilitate the illegal release of public funds."
Aside from the criminal charges, an administrative charge of grave misconduct was filed against the three. The three were also ordered dismissed from service.
The principal penalty of dismissal from service carries with it the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and bar from taking civil service examinations, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.