26 January 2018 | news release
In a decision promulgated last January 19, the Court of Appeals, through its 23rd Special Division based in Cagayan de Oro City, “reversed and set aside” administrative charges the Office of the Ombudsman – Mindanao filed against several now former officials of Iligan City.
The decision, penned by Associate Justice Ruben Reynaldo G. Roxas, said then Vice Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo and co-petitioning city councilors, including now Lone District Congressman Frederick Siao, who were elected on May 10, 2013 cannot be held administratively liable for three separate city council resolutions issued on September 21, 2004, December 23, 2008, and March 4, 2013.
According to the Court of Appeals, the election of the petitioners in May 2013 condoned their administrative liability. The court also said one petitioner, Riza Jane P. Magaro, was no longer a public servant when the complainant, Dexter Rey T. Sumaoy, filed his affidavit on March 13, 2014, and so because of that, she was no longer under the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman.
The court also granted the petitioners’ plea for it to review three city council resolutions, but denied the petition for review over one city council resolution and affirmed other matters presented by the Ombudsman. (END)