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NEA exec charged for receiving P1.5-M from Cotabato coop.

The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has ordered the filing of criminal charges against department manager for legal services of the National Electrification Agency (NEA) for allegedly receiving a P1.5 million donation from the Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc. (COTELCO) in May 2010.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said Omar Mayo solicited and accepted money from COTELCO, an entity under the regulatory and supervisory authority of NEA.

She disclosed that amount was deposited to Mayo's personal bank account in Unionbank.

The ombudsman said Mayo likewise received a cash advance of P28,200 from COTELCO.

In approving the indictment for violation of Section 7 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, Morales dismissed Mayo's defense that the money represented the litigation costs he advanced to another counsel in connection with the case involving COTELCO's franchise.

She stated that the bare assertion "cannot prevail over the contents of the undisputed liquidation report, check voucher, deposit slip, audit report and the anonymous letter stating that Mayo had been paid by and accepted from COTELCO the amount of P1.5 million as litigation fee."

Aside from the criminal indictment, Mayo was found administratively liable for grave misconduct and was meted the penalty of dismissal from the service with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service.


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales / MB file photo

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Title Annotation:National
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Nov 5, 2014
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