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Nagpumilit pa kasi: Ombudsman dismisses Camarines Norte gov Tallado for working despite suspension order

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Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado has been dismissed from office for continuing to work despite a suspension order against him.

The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon slapped the dismissal order after it found him guilty of grave misconduct.

With this, Tallado was also meted with the accessory penalty of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and bar from taking the Civil Service Examination (CSE).

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Provincial Veterinarian Edgardo Gonzales who got relieved from his post in 2012 and was assigned by Talado as public information officer.

After Gonzales filed a complaint, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) suspended Tallado from office for one year on Oct. 27, 2015.

Tallado was able to file a petition for review before the Court of Appeals (CA) which issued a resolution on May 12, 2016 to reduce the suspension to six months.

Since he was already suspended for seven months already, he was advised by his counsel he could re-assume office.

However, the Deputy Ombudsman pointed out Tallado’s “immediate re-assumption of the functions as Governor during the period of his suspension despite the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG’s) directive for him to cease and desist from performing such official functions, constitute a clear intent to violate the law and flagrant disregard of established rules.”