MANILA - A former Cebu City councilor was found guilty of serious dishonesty by the Office of the Ombudsman for ordering an aide to "moonlight" as a cook in the restaurant of his girlfriend.
The Office of the Ombudsman found out that the complainant, city Administrative Aide III Michael Abellana, would register his biometric attendance at 5 A.M. at the city hall, proceed to Baryo Grille restaurant to cook and go back to the office at 11 A.M. to time out.
The arrangement with his boss, former councilor Gerardo Carillo, supposedly lasted from July 2013 to December 2014.
The Office of the Ombudsman said Carillo stated in his counter-affidavit that the restaurant operates from 8 P.M. to 6 A.M. only. However, investigators learned from 7 employees of the restaurant that the establishment operated 24 hours daily.
In its decision, the Office of the Ombudsman stated that “the local government of Cebu was deceived into paying complainant (Abellana) his salary for no work done and this defraudation was made possible either because the respondent authorized it or maybe because he was grossly negligent.”
The Office of the Ombudsman also said that the case against Carillo was further strengthened by his signature on Abellana’s daily time record.
Carillo was supposed to be dismissed from government service, but because he is no longer a city councilor and he lost in the 2016 congressional race in Cebu, the penalty was converted to a fine equivalent to his one year salary. He is also perpetually banned from holding public office and his retirement benefits forfeited, the Ombudsman said.