The Sandiganbayan ordered the 90-day suspension pending litigation (pendente lite) of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur town Mayor Generoso Naraiso while he faces a graft case.
A release from the Office of the Ombudsman said Naraiso was being tried for violation of Section 3(e) the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).
Last August 2017, the Ombudsman filed charges against Naraiso for failing to pay the transportation allowance of the municipal accountant from March to July, 2015.
Naraiso allegedly took advantage of his position as mayor and acted with “evident bad faith, manifest partiality and gross inexcusable negligence” when he caused undue injury to municipal accountant Marcial S. San Pablo Jr.
Despite directive from the Civil Service Commission, he allegedly refused to pay the Representation and Transportation Allowance (RATA) of San Pablo covering the period of March to July 2015, causing “damage and prejudice” to the latter in the amount of P27,000.
“Section 13 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act makes it mandatory for the court to suspend any incumbent public officer or employee against whom any criminal prosecution under a valid information under the Act or under Title 7, Book II of the Revised Penal Code, or for any offense involving fraud upon government or public funds or property, whether as a simple or as a complex offense, and in whatever stage of execution and mode of participation, is pending in court,” the Office of the Ombudsman said. By GD Contributed photo