CA affirms Abra police director's dismissal over 2012 'rubout' of five men

CA upholds dismissal of 2 DSWD execs tagged in PDAF scam

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The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld its previous ruling ordering the dismissal of two ranking officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after being implicated in the alleged illegal release of some P1 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

This as the CA denied the motion for reconsideration filed by DSWD regional director Minda B. Brigoli and operations division chief Mely Pangilinan.

The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed them in 2017 for gross misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service after they were found liable administratively for disbursing in 2008 P1 million in PDAF funds of former Bulacan first district Rep. Maria Victoria R. Sy Alvarado to the Cooperative Rural Bank of Bulacan (CRBB).

It said CRBB, a private business enterprise, was not authorized under the law that created the then PDAF to handle PDAF funds that were intended for public needs through Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and People’s Organizations (POs).

In dismissing the officials, the CA cited the Ombudsman’s finding that “the Special Allotment Release Order No. ROCS-08-00364 covering the subject P1,000,000 PDAF of former congresswoman Alvarado expressly provides that the said fund shall be used in furtherance of the DSWD’s Protective Services for Individuals and Families in Difficult Circumstances (PSIFDC) under the Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) Program in the 1st District of Bulacan.”

“Evidently, CRBB was unauthorized to receive the P1,000,000 PDAF since only the NGOs and POs are considered as valid recipients thereof. In spite of the said irregularities, petitioners Brigoli and Pangilinan knowingly participated in the execution of the MOA and the subsequent release of the funds to CRBB,” the CA said.

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