EB Magalona vice mayor files charges vs. mayor, others before Ombudsman
The vice mayor of E. B. Magalona town has filed graft and corruption and other charges against the town’s mayor and other officials before the Ombudsman.
Vice Mayor Robert F. Acaling
Vice Mayor Robert F. Acaling also told newsmen during yesterday’s press conference, that other than filing charges, he finally made public the alleged irregularities, misconducts, abuses and illegal use of public funds “after a year of being silent, hoping Mayor Marvin Malacon will change his ways in running the town.”
Complaints of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Grave Misconduct were filed by Acaling against Mayor Malacon and other elected officials of the municipality.
“It is my call of duty as vice mayor and presiding officer of the Sangguniang Bayan of EB Magalona and the dictate of my conscience as a public servant that compelled me to file the complaints against the local chief executive of our town, Mayor Malacon and members of our local legislative body before the Office of the Ombudsman for Violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt and Practices Act and Grave Misconduct,” he said.
“These charges are due to the unscrupulous use of public funds and abuse of authority committed by Mayor Malacon in collabration with some members of the Sanggunian Bayan namely, Hon. Joey Pugales, Hon, Reylan Gamboa Sr., Hon, Isidro Gomed, Hon. Eric Matulac, Hon. Gelita Parcon, and Hon. Jovie Madayag.
Specifically the acts committed by the said officials of EB Magalona involve Illegal use of public funds or property (Art. 220 of the Revised Penal Code); Malversation of public funds or property (Art. 217 of the Revised Penal Code) and Violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act Sec. 3 par 5 and 7 of RA 3019,”the vice mayor also told media yesterday.
“He (mayor) utilized funds of the municipality even without authority from the Office of the Sanggunian Bayan and oftentimes would initiate special sessions in collaboration with some members of the local legislative body without informing and involving me as vice mayor and presiding officer,” Acaling said.
Acaling said, “the town can hardly pay for its power and dieseal (fuel bills), why burden it further with a P200 million loan from the bank?”
It is high time that such illegal acts considered prejudicial to the interest of the people of EB Magalona be put to a stop, he also said.
Copies of the complaints were furnished the media during yesterday’s press conference in Bacolod City, which were docketed by the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas re: OMB-V-C-18-0052 for the criminal aspect and OMB-V-A-18-0049 for the administrative aspect.
“I am urging the people of EB Magalona not to tolerate wrongdoings and corruption. Inform me or my staff. Do not be afraid. We will hide your identity. Our interest is to cleanse the town and focus on matters that will improve it. Enough of corruption,” the vice mayor said.
A staff of Mayor Malacon, requesting anonymity, meanwhile told Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) late yesterday afternoon the mayor was in Cebu City yesterday along with other mayors to meet President Rodrigo Duterte, and might be back later this week to EB Magalona.
He however refused to comment on the charges filed and on allegations hurled by Vice Mayor Acaling against Mayor Malacon.
He said, “the mayor and those close to him are just doing what must be prioritized for the town and its people, but let us wait for the mayor’s reply.”* (ARMAN P. TOGA)