Surigao del Norte mayor suspended for illegal cockfight

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2017 03:08 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the one-month suspension of Mainit, Surigao del Norte Mayor Ramon Mondano after he was found guilty of simple neglect of duty by allowing cockfighting activities in his town without the necessary permit.

The Ombudsman found out that on 14 June 2016, Mondano issued a special permit allowing the conduct of cockfighting activities in Barangay Matin-ao, held from June 20 to 22, 2016, to celebrate their barangay fiesta. 

But it was later on found out that no barangay clearance was issued for the cockfighting.

The Ombudsman said the Local Government Code states that a clearance from the barangay where the activity is to be conducted is necessary before a city or a municipality can issue a permit for it. 

“Although the issuance of special permits for special cockfighting activities is within his authority as municipal mayor, he is duty bound to require the presentation of the barangay clearance from Barangay Matin-ao before issuing a special permit to Purok Masaya. This he failed to do,” the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement.

The Ombudsman added that if the penalty of suspension can no longer be implemented due to separation from service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s one month salary.