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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 15, 2019
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EB Magalona VM withdraws
charges vs. Malacon, others


EB Magalona Vice Mayor Rob Acaling has executed an affidavit of desistance withdrawing complaints that he filed against Mayor Marvin Malacon and six town councilors before the Ombudsman for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for Grave Misconduct.

Acaling, in his subscribed sworn affidavits before Visayas Ombudsman Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II Mellany Entica-Ferrolino dated Oct. 26 last year, a copy of which was furnished only yesterday to the DAILY STAR, said that he requested the Ombudsman to immediately cause the dismissal of all the cases, and those already filed, with him as the complainant.

“Finally, I am asking an apology from the Office of the Ombudsman for the undue inconvenience my action brought said office as I want to have a peaceful exit from public service leaving no conflict with the people I used to work with,” Acaling said.

Aside from Malacon, other respondents in the complaints filed by Acaling included Councilors Joey Pugales, Reylan Gamboa Sr., Isidro Gomed Jr., Gelita Parcon, and Jovie Madayag, who is running for vice mayor of EB Magalona.

The filing of complaints against Malacon and several town councilors by Acaling stemmed from what he had claimed earlier were the unscrupulous use of public funds, and abuse of authority, that were debunked by the respondents.

He also questioned the entry into a loan contract by the municipality with the Land Bank of the Philippines for P200 million for the renovation of the town public market, purchase of heavy equipment, and computerization.

Acaling, who admitted to have also filed similar cases against other barangay captains of EB Magalona, said he has come to realize and acknowledged that it is better to settle the matter amicably for the betterment and progress of EB Magalona, taking into consideration the evidences presented by respondents in their respective affidavits.

“And more than anything else, our constituents in the municipality of EB Magalona do not deserve this kind of political atmosphere which they are not used to that would ultimately result to a regressive momentum,” he added.

“I have come to realize that it is much better to cooperate with my fellow public officials and more forward to a more progressive EB Magalona by unifying our efforts in planning for the better future of our municipality, rather than filing of cases against the respondents, whom I now believe will be affected by my accusations, in the aforementioned cases and other cases I have already filed before it is too late,” Acaling said, in his affidavit of desistance.

He added “I am convinced that the respondents shall be afforded the full power and authority in earnestly pushing for the efficient delivery of the basic services of our constituents”.*


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