Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sagada mayor and tourism officer charged for graft and unethical acts

SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE - Sagada Mayor Eduardo Latawan and tourism officer Robert Pangod, former executive secretary of Latawan were charged for alleged graft practices, abuse of authority and violation of the code of conduct for public officials and employees. 

In a complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman by private citizen Grace Bandoy, complainant alleged that Latawan and Pangod conniving with each other, entered into a contract of service with a certain Mary Ann Wallang for the latter
to prepare and submit 10 proposals for the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (CHARMP) in early 2012. 

Said complainant forwarded that a cheque was issued in the name of Mary Ann Wallang in the amount of P50,000 by the local government unit of Sagada purportedly as payment for the CHARMP project proposals she supposedly submitted. 

A letter of retraction however noted that Wallang has not authored said CHARMP project proposals.

Said complaint further asked the Ombudsman to order Latawan, Pangod and CHARMP through Department of Agriculture director Marilyn Catalina to produce said project proposals.

Meantime, Pangod is the subject of an investigation by the Civil Service Commission for claiming he is a college graduate of Baguio Central University but negated by a BCU certification dated May 2014 that he is not. Pangod was appointed as municipal tourism officer in 2014. (Mountain Province Exponent, January 11, 2015)

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