Ombudsman suspends Cagayan de Oro City councilor who slapped a traffic enforcer

Councilor Zaldy Ocon. Photo © Mindanao Gold Star Daily

THE Office of the Ombudsman suspended Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Zaldy Ocon for six months without pay after he was found guilty of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.

At the same time, government prosecutors said they also found probable cause against Ocon for violation of Article 359 (Slander by Deed) of the Revised Penal Code.

In a statement sent to Beyond Deadlines on Tuesday, the Ombudsman said its records show that on Nov. 30, 2016, a Traffic Enforcer Ric Emmanuel Agustin of CDO Road and Traffic Administration (RTA) issued a traffic violation ticket on Ocon for parking his vehicle in a “no parking zone.”

The records further showed that an altercation ensued between the two men when respondent got the ticket and threw it away.

The situation escalated the following day when Ocon slapped Agustin after the latter was invited by RTA Chairman Engr. Nonito Oclarit to the session hall of the City Council to settle the issue. RTA Overseer Atty. Jose Uy witnessed the slapping incident.

A portion of the Ombudsman’s decision said “the Statement of Indignation of the RTA and Affidavit of Atty. Uy sufficiently established respondent’s culpability. Records show that respondent’s actuations have tarnished the image of his public office when he slapped complainant. A public official should avoid any appearance of impropriety affecting the integrity of government services. Every public officer should be an example of integrity and proper behavior.”

The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees enunciates the State policy of promoting a high standard of ethics and utmost responsibility in the public service. By his actuations, respondent failed to live up to such standards,” the Decision further said.

 

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