MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman has approved the filing of criminal charges against 3 municipal mayors from Mindanao.
In separate resolutions, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez approved the filing of charges against Mayor Lucio Tiu Gonzales of Pilar, Surigao del Norte; Mayor Peter Payna Ruaya of Dapa, Surigao del Norte; and Mayor Floro Allado of Banisilan, Cotabato.
Gonzales and Ruaya were ordered charged for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Gonzales was found to have unlawfully reassigned Exuperancio Literato, the municipal agriculturist, to another position even if he already attained a permanent status.
The mayor also supposedly denied Literato his representation and transportation allowances.
Ruaya, on the other hand, was ordered charged alongside Brgy. Captain Dionisio Payna Ruaya, Sr.
They supposedly effected the demolition of a building there that was supposed to be used for trainings, seminars and other official activities of the Liga ng mga Barangay.
Records of the case showed that after winning the 2007 elections, the Ruayas completely stopped the construction of the building, which was eventually demolished on February 28, 2009, “without proper authority from the Sangguniang Bayan of Dapa or from the Commission on Audit (COA).”
Meanwhile, the Ombudsman approved the recommendation of the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Cotabato for the filing of homicide charges against Allado.
The case is an offshoot of the mauling of a certain Romulo Bangud. The latter died after a quarrel among his companions and Allado on October 30, 2006.