Zambo Sur town exec charged with graft for illegal appointment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:29

The Office of the Ombudsman filed on Wednesday before the Sandiganbayan a case for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” against former Mayor and now Vice Mayor Allan Damas of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur in connection with the appointment of his first cousin as municipal treasurer in 2007.

In affirming the finding of probable cause, the Ombudsman found that Damas gave unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference to his cousin Nellie Toledo as she was appointed in violation of Section 79 of the Local Government Code (LGC) of 1991 which prohibits the appointment in the career service of any person who is related within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to the appointing or recommending authority.

The Ombudsman resolution said that Damas’ “lame excuse that he does not recall the contents of the certification he issued in favor of Toledo…is unavailing” as “it only shows his gross disregard of a fundamental legal requirement in recommendations or appointments to the career service of the local government and his cavalier attitude to and appreciation of the basic tenet that underlies the prohibition.”