Ombudsman orders dismissal of Cebu town mayor

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2017 05:36 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has ordered the dismissal of Dumanjug, Cebu town Mayor Guntrano Gica for dishonesty and grave misconduct.

The case stemmed from a complaint of then Mayor Nelson Garcia in 2014, which alleged that Gica altered the amount on the receipt for the town's liquidation of expenses.

In a phone interview with ABS-CBN News, Gica said he was shocked to learn about the dismissal order since he was never summoned to defend himself. 

He said he is planning to file a motion for reconsideration on Monday.

The Department of Local Government (DILG) in the region, which is tasked to implement the Ombudsman's order, said it has not yet received a copy of the decision.