CA downgrades Benguet University president’s penalty over wife’s unauthorized vehicle use

The Court of Appeals (CA) has downgraded the administrative sanction against Benguet State University (BSU) president Ben Ladilad over his wife’s unauthorized use of a government vehicle.

In a recent 8-page decision, the CA 2nd Division imposed a 1-month suspension for simple misconduct, a lighter penalty than the 1-year suspension imposed by the Ombudsman in an April 2016 decision for grave misconduct.

Ladilad allegedly approved the August 31, 2012 trip ticket to fetch and ferry his wife Aracelie, a professor, from their house to the university. But, the ticket did not indicate the name and signature of the official that authorized the use of the BSU vehicle.

The CA, in the decision penned by Associate Justice Zenaida Galapate-Laguilles, only found Ladilad careless, but did not find any malice or wrongful intent on his part to warrant the harsher penalty.

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