Ombudsman suspends Zamboanga Del Norte governor

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ©
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ©

PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the suspension for one month of Zamboanga Del Norte Governor Roberto Uy after he was found guilty of violating Section 5(a) of Republic Act No. 6713 (the Code of Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

Ombudsman records showed that its investigators found that in August 2015, Uy failed to act upon several letters and endorsements forwarded to his office pertaining to the request for payment of back salaries of an administrative assistant.

According to Ombudsman Morales “it took two months for respondent Uy to advise complainant that his claims had been referred to the Provincial Legal Officer.” She added that, “as chief executive of the provincial government, [Uy] has the duty to ensure that all executive officials and employees of the province faithfully discharge their duties and functions as provided by law.”

Under the R.A. No. 6713, “all public officials and employees shall, within fifteen (15) working days from receipt thereof, respond to letters, telegrams or other means of communications sent by the public. The reply must contain the action taken on the request.”

Meanwhile, Ombudsman Morales directed the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to implement the suspension which she said is “final, executory and unappealable.”

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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