DILG serves dismissal order vs Negros Oriental gov

Jude Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2017 04:34 PM

MANILA - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Visayas on Tuesday served the dismissal order against Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, who was found guilty of grave misconduct over the "anomalous" use of the province's 2013 budget.

The Office of the Ombudsman ordered his dismissal earlier this month. 

Lawyer Rene Burdeos, DILG Central Visayas regional director, personally served the dismissal order at Degamo's residence in Barangay Babajuba, Dumaguete City around 8:30 a.m.

Degamo was in a private meeting in Bacolod City at the time the document was served. His guard received it on his behalf. 

In its ruling, the Ombudsman perpetually disqualified Degamo from holding public office and forfeited his retirement benefits. It also cancelled his eligibility and barred him from taking the civil service examination.

Earlier, Degamo was suspended as he faced separate charges of malversation of public funds through falsification for the alleged questionable disbursement of calamity funds in 2011. 

The charges were filed in 2012 after the Department of Budget and Management found anomalies in the procurement of materials and payments for the rehabilitation of infrastructure destroyed by Typhoon Sendong, a deadly storm that struck in 2011, and a powerful earthquake.

In January, Degamo surrendered to the Sandiganbayan sheriff and later posted a P1.115-million bail for the criminal cases he is facing.