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Zambo. Councilor Ask For Preventive Suspension Versus Zambo. Mayor And Top City Officials

Councilor Joselito Macrohon requested the Ombudsman for Mindanao located at Davao City last April 6 for preventive suspension to be imposed versus Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar and other top city officials for alleged graft and corruption charges.

Aside from these, with the P100,088,120.00 alleged overpriced amount from the food commodities, this may fall to plunder as defined and penalized under Republic Act 7080.

Violation of RA 7581 or the Philippine Price Act must also be included for those included in the case.

Macrohon said, some Zamboangueño lawyers are helping him with this process.

Recall, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed graft charges versus Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar and other top city officials March 18 at Ombudsman for Mindanao.

This was done after the NBI has finished their investigation and now formally filed the case. In a letter by the NBI to Rodolfo Elman, Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao they transmitted documents for the conduct of preliminary investigation.

Recommended for prosecution were Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Socorro Rojas, City General Services Officer Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, City Treasurer Romelita Candido, City Budget Officer Geraldine Dela Paz, City Accountant Silvia Binarao, City Administrator Marie Angelique Go, John Doe, and 5MJ Marketing represented by Maria Socorro Santiago.

Charges filed were violations of RA 3019 Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Violation of RA 9184.

This is in relation to the assistance given by the city government during the enhanced community quarantine where the city purchased 250,000 bags of rice at P1,300 per 25kg which Macrohon sees as overpriced. Poor quality of rice were given to barangays Sinunuc and Cawit.

Aside from these, rotten vegetables were reportedly given at barangays Labuan and Sinunuc squash and eggplant for barangay Buenavista. (R.G. Antonet A. Go)

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