Degamo files graft raps in DOJ
vs. Ombudsman Visayas execs
MANILA – Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday filed graft complaint before the Department of Justice against officers and staff of the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas, in connection with his dismissal over the local government’s disbursement of calamity fund worth P480 million.
Named as respondents are Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos and Paul Elmer Clemente, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer I Laurrei Layne Cristobal, GIPO III Anna Francesca Limbo, GIPO I Maria Bernadeth Andal-Subaan, and GIPO III Amy Rose Soler-Rellin.
In his 11-page complaint, Degamo accused the officials of the anti-graft body of violating section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for imposing the administrative penalty on him despite the condonation doctrine, which clears elected officials of administrative liabilities in previous terms upon reelection to their posts.