Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ILOILO City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod found the barangay captain of Jalandoni Estate, Lapuz district guilty of grave misconduct and suspended him for six months.

Efren Gimeno, along with former barangay treasurer Irish Razel Follosco, was accused of unlawfully issuing six checks worth P239,745.50.

Gimeno was administratively liable for failing to account or properly explain what happened to the checks or the cash representing them, according to an ad hoc committee that investigated the allegation.

“Gimeno’s failure to keep current and accurate records, such as maintaining proper accounting of the withdrawal of the checks, constitutes a grave violation of the law and is a ground for dismissal, pursuant to Rule 10, Section 50 (A) of the rules set forth by the Civil Service in its Resolution No. 1701077 of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Services,” said the ad hoc committee.

Councilor R Leone Gerochi led the committee as chairman.

“This (ad hoc) committee finds respondent (Gimeno) guilty of grave misconduct,” read part of its decision. “The committee, having been granted the right to impose penalties up to suspension only, hereby imposes upon the respondent the corresponding penalty of suspension of six months.”

After adopting the decision, the city council approved during its regular session yesterday a resolution officially placing Gimeno under suspension.

The resolution, sponsored by ad hoc committee member Joshua Alim, will be sent to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Iloilo City, which will carry out the suspension order.

The suspension order is immediately executory, Councilor Plaridel Nava stressed.

“Assuming Gimeno will elevate this to the Office of the President by way of an appeal, the appeal shall not stay the execution of the suspension order,” said Nava, a lawyer.

The DILG-Iloilo City was also directed to issue an order requiring the No. 1 kagawad (village councilperson) to replace Gimeno, said Alim./PN


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