Ombudsman files graft charges vs Pampanga mayor, 2 others

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2011 03:55 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2011 11:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro filed graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against Mexico, Pampanga Mayor Teddy Tumang and two others, Thursday.

Tumang allegedly allowed the conduct of illegal quarrying activities in a private property in 2005.

Aside from Tumang, Barangay Captain Rafael P. Yabut and one Pantaleon C. Martin were charged for violating Section 3e of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Tumang and Yabut were also suspended for three months without pay after they were found guilty of misconduct.

In a statement, Casimiro said probable cause was found against the said officials for conducting quarry activities in a property owned by Eduardo T. Batac.

Batac, in July 2005, asked Tumang to order the ceasing of the quarry operations.

Tumang, however, declined Batac’s request and said the property belongs to Martin who has authorized the operations.

Casimiro also found Tumang and Yabut as having committed gross inexcusable negligence in immediately acceding to the request for the removal of lahar deposit in a private property.