Ombudsman junks raps vs Muntinlupa mayor


Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro ( photo)

The Office of the Ombudsman has absolved incumbent Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin San Pedro from complaints for dishonesty and grave misconduct, which he allegedly committed prior to his reelection in 2010.

A seven-page decision signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales dismissed the complaints filed by former City Councilor Rafael Arciaga against the mayor for being moot.

It said San Pedro’s reelection effectively wiped out his past administrative liabilities based on a 1959 ruling of the Supreme Court, which stated that an elected public official is deemed to have been “forgiven” for any administrative infraction committed prior to his present term of office.

San Pedro was accused of violating the Government Procurement Reform Act and the Local Government Code in connection with the purchase of 40,000 trolley schoolbags worth P22 million for distribution to the city’s public schoolchildren in 2008.

In his complaints, Arciaga said the purchase had no budget appropriation as this was not included in the city government’s Annual Procurement Plan (APP).

According to Arciaga, the city government funded the transaction through a bank loan, which burdened the city’s taxpayers with interests amounting to P8.8 million. The Commission on Audit later disallowed the procurement but San Pedro claimed the COA later cleared it on review after the city government submitted its revised APP covering the transaction.

The Ombudsman said that San Pedro did not even need to disprove the allegations since existing jurisprudence provides that he is deemed to have been absolved of any wrongdoing relative to the 2008 transaction after he was reelected as mayor two years later. Cynthia D. Balana

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  • $20722540

    galing nito…sorry for being literal ang ibig sabihin gumawa ng gabalbagan siguraduhin mo lang na marereelect ka oh my gulay…ang galing nitong jurisprudence na to

  • John_Galt_II

    Unbelivable! Meron palang ganitong batas sa Pilipinas?

  • gusm

    Only corrupt Philippine lawmakers can make this kind of law. It basically gives permission to a corrupt official to be corrupt so long as he can be re-elected. All he needs to do is spend some of his ill-gotten money to buy his re-election. This is pretty much what is happening in this country. What a stupid law for the people and self-serving one for the politicians. It is unbeleivable that we have this kind of moronic law given the systemic corruption we have in this country. The law basically says: it is okay to be corrupt, just make sure you get re-elected. WHO THE HELL CAME UP WITH THIS LAW?

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Kasalanan yan ng mga bumoto sa kanya. Di ba nila alam na kurap ito? Sorry na lang sa nag-akusa. Ang lawyers na gumawa ng law na yan kurap din siguro, kaya sunod na lang si Ombudsman Morales.

  • Opel

    if you detain all mayors who don’t follow the procurement law, you won’tr have any room in the jails for ordinary criminals. lagi kasing minamasahe mga auditor kaya hindi nasisita

  • Socorro

    Why is this mayor within the KKK of the  president? That is what is happening now, if you are in it they will be very quick to charge and find you guilty. That will be until May.

  • dark matter

    Kailan lumitaw yung complaint? After ng re-election o bago yung re-election? Wala kasing date na nilagay dito. Ang nilagay lang yung date kung kailan malamang na na-commit yung misconduct.

    Kung nalaman ito ng mga voters at ibinoto parin siya then siguro considered na yun na forgiven. Pero paano kung lumitaw lang yung complaint pagkatapos niyang mare-elect?

  • padrefaura

    tuwid na daan. hahahaha

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