Ombudsman sacks admin officer who demanded bribe
MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed a records officer last week upon finding substantial evidence that he demanded and received money from a policeman who needed a clearance from his office.
Juan Dita dela Cruz, Administrative Officer III at the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (OMB-MOLEO), was ordered dismissed from service by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday, June 7.
Dela Cruz was found to have committed “acts of Grace Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.”
The records officer “demanded and received” P30, 000 from Police Sr Supt Pedro G. Ramos to facilitate “the issuance of a clearance” that Ramos needed for his promotion in 2007.
In December 2012, Ramos together with his witness, SPO1 Jessie Caranto, filed a complaint against Dela Cruz.
Morales approved the recommendation of the Internal Affairs Board (IAB), which found “probable cause to criminally indict” Dela Cruz for direct bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code.
Dela Cruz also violated Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), and Section 7(d) of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).
The Joint Resolution stated that the acts of Dela Cruz, “clearly constitute corruption and a willful design to violate the law” adding that he’s actions “did not reflect the integrity and the discipline expected of him as a public servant.”
“He failed to live up to the image of the outstanding and exemplary public official that he was. He sullied government service instead,” the IAB's joint resolution said.
Dela Cruz will face the principal penalty of dismissal from service, which carries “the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and being barred from taking civil service examinations.” – Rappler.com