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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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‘Drop raps, lift suspension'

Valladolid Vice Mayor Rommel Yogore and treasurer Cherryl Aguirre are asking the Ombudsman to exonerate them of grave misconduct charges and to set aside a three-month suspension meted to them.

Yogore and Aguirre, who are represented by lawyer Rayfrando Diaz, also asked that a hearing of their motion for reconsideration filed October 7 be set on October 17.

On April 14, 2016 the Ombudsman ordered Yogore and Aguirre suspended for three months without pay for grave misconduct.

Broadcaster Larry Concepcion filed the administrative case against Yogore, Aguirre and Lilian Española, local treasury operations officer IV of Valladolid.

The case stemmed from the allegations of
Concepcion that Yogore, when he was still municipal mayor, favored JB Nieve Hardware and Construction Supply, that is owned by Jonie Nieve, husband of Marites Yogore, sister of the then mayor.

The case against Espanola was dismissed after she claimed in her counter-affidavit that she had already transferred to Candoni town on Jan. 8, 2010.

In the motion for reconsideration, it was pointed out that a re-elected official may not be held administratively liable for a misconduct committed during a prior term of office.

They also said pointed out that, contrary to what was stated in the Ombudsman's decision, they did submit their position paper that contained their defense.

They also said that the complaint against them was anchored solely on the findings of the 2010 COA Annual Audit Report on the municipality of Valladolid , a document that was not final and conclusive.

The Commission on Audit issued a statement on Oct. 10, 2011 stating that the questioned transaction had already been settled.

“As it now stands, the preliminary findings started in the 2010 COA Annual Audit relied upon by the complainant, has been set aside and no longer exist,” they pointed out

“Thus, for all intents and purposes, the complaint filed in this case does not enjoy the support of any audit report,” they stressed.*CPG




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