THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of a Bohol municipal mayor for the unauthorized issuance of a certificate granting exemptions to several residents from paying fees for their electrical connection of their homes.
Ordered dismissed was Pilar Municipal Mayor Necitas Cubrado after she was found guilty of administrative charges of grave misconduct.
Aside from dismissal, Cubrado was also perpetually disqualified from holding public office and her eligibility was cancelled and her retirement benefits will be forfeitured.
Records showed that the respondent issued the said certificate on Aug. 27, 2015 without prior approval from the Sangguniang Bayan.
In a resolution, the Ombudsman said that being the chief executive of the municipality, respondent evidently overstepped the scope of her authority and encroached upon the powers and prerogatives of the SB when she granted exemptions to some residents, without, however, securing the prior approval of the SB, thereby deliberately disregarding the provisions of the Local Government Code.
The Ombudsman also ordered the filing of one count of violation of Article 239 of the Revised Penal Code (Usurpation of Legislative Powers) before the Sandiganba yan against Cubrado.
The Ombudsman, meanwhile, directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Office of the Governor of Bohol to implement the dismissal order.