FINANCE secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the implementation of separate Ombudsman rulings dismissing from the service a Bureau of Customs (BoC) officer and two municipal treasurers in line with the Department of Finance’s (DOF) drive to remove or penalize erring officials.
Dominguez directed BoC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to dismiss from the service Customs Operations Officer Khalid Minoao Calandada and likewise instructed Executive Director Nino Raymond Alvina of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) to remove municipal treasurers Ananie Raluto of Zamboanga del Sur and Eddie Rodriguez of Occidental Mindoro.
Another municipal treasurer, Carlos Bengil of South Cotabato, was ordered suspended from office for one month.
With just four-and-a-half months into the Duterte administration, Dominguez has so far taken punitive action against 14 employees under DOF’s supervision for various offenses, ranging from simple neglect of duty to grave misconduct, based on the results of separation investigations by the Ombudsman.
Calandada was ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman based on charges filed against him last year by the DOF-Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS).
Calandada, Customs Operations Officer I, was found guilty of serious dishonesty for his repeated failure to declare certain properties and misleading declarations in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) from 2008 to 2014.
The Ombudsman said Calandada’s “deliberate assertions of falsehood made under oath” led it to uncover the following: that he was able to acquire a Mitsubishi Montero Sport, a .45 caliber pistol, a shotgun, and incurred bank and personal loans of over P6 million -- all of which he had failed to declare in his annual SALNs.
Along with dismissal, Calandada was also penalized by the Ombudsman with the cancellation of his eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification from holding public office. He was also barred from taking the civil service examinations.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez, in his capacity as assistant municipal treasurer of Santa Cruz Occidental Mindoro, was found guilty of grave misconduct after the Ombudsman found him to have had an “indirect financial and pecuniary interest” in the procurement of P1.9 million worth of petroleum product s from the private firm R4 Fuel, which is owned by his mother Lydia.
Raluto, municipal treasurer and chairperson of the Bids and Awards Committee of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, was found liable for dishonesty and grave misconduct for being one of the parties involved in the purchase of 3,332 bottles of liquid foliar fertilizer without the benefit of public bidding and overpriced by as much as P4.09 million.