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Former CamSur town mayor enters guilty plea for breach of ethical conduct

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Former Garchitorena, Camarines Sur Mayor Jesus Rico Sarmiento has entered guilty plea before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for breach of ethical conduct for public officials.

According to the Ombudsman, Sarmiento pleaded guilty during his arraignment on Oct. 27 for violating Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

“Investigation disclosed that from January to October 2014, Sarmiento repeatedly used two private vehicles owned by a contractor with several ongoing projects in the municipality,” the Ombudsman said.

The Sandiganbayan imposed P2,000.00 fine to Sarmiento, appreciating his guilty plea as a mitigating circumstance.

“Under the Code, government officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office,” said the Ombudsman.

 

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