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Villarosa can no longer hold any government position

Jan 14, 2016 @ 14:15

Former San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Jose Villarosa can no longer hold any position in government after being found guilty of by the Office of the Ombudsman of grave misconduct in connection with the anomalous utilization of his town’s tobacco trust fund amounting to P2.9 million.

In a statement released in its website, the Ombudsman said that Villarosa has been perpetually disqualified from reemployment in the government service after being found guilty of guilty of Grave Misconduct, Dishonesty and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service along with former town officials Pablo Alvaro and Carlito Cajayon.

Apart from this, the Ombudsman also ordered the cancellation of their eligibility, and forfeiture of retirement benefits. In case of separation from the service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s one year salary.

All three have been charged before the Sandiganbayan for six counts of Technical Malversation and six counts violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in connection with the anomalous use of the tobacco trust fund.

Investigation found that in 2010, Villarosa authorized the utilization of the tobacco trust fund to purchase 10 multi-cab vehicles, Christmas lights, meals and snacks for newly-elected barangay captains, medicines, gravel and sand, bus and vehicle rentals.

The Ombudsman stressed that the “funds should be used solely for cooperative, livelihood and or agro-industrial projects that enhance the quality of agricultural products, develop alternative farming systems, or enable tobacco farmers to manage and own post-harvest enterprises.”

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