Palawan mayor charged with nepotism

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MANILA, Philippines – A mayor has been accused of nepotism for allegedly appointing a relative in office.

In a 12-page complaint filed before the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Coron Palawan Acting Mayor Aljerico S. Barracoso was accused by resident Terencio Obispado of violating the Administrative Code as well as anti-graft law prohibitions against appointing relatives.

Based on the complaint, Barracoso appointed Romaliza Setubal Calica, the common law wife of his brother, to a permanent position as administrative aide last January.

Calica is the common law wife of the mayor’s brother, Vicente S. Barracoso Jr. They have two children.

Under the Administrative Code, appointments in the national, provincial, city and municipal governments made in favor of a relative of the appointing or recommending authority is prohibited.

In legal precedents, the Supreme Court has pointed out that the prohibition is meant to “ensure and promote the constitutional mandate that appointments in the Civil Service shall be made only according to merit and fitness and to provide within the public service a progressive system of personnel administration, and to adopt measures to promote morals.”

Obispado also charged the mayor for violation of the Anti- Graft and Corrupt Practices Act which outlaws “giving any private party any unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality.”

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  • Horst Manure

    Should be sacked for stupidly thinking he could get away with if he would have trod on toes by appointing her and as we see some one has reported him.

  • $16638896

    hindi lang sa coron nangyayari yan, rampant na yan sa govt system natin, just look at the senate, congress, municipalities and govt agencies, lahat may kamag anak, mga bwiset!

  • $23455908

    Maganda ‘to. Pero hindi lamang siya ang gumagawa nito. Sana lahat maparusahan sa hindi tamang gawaing ito..Ang mag-appoint ng kamag-anak sa puwesto.

  • jpastor

    Ombudswoman is blind… the big nepotists are in Makati!

    • kismaytami

      Di yata nahahagip ng radar o sadyang NAGBUBULAG-BULAGAN lang.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    so ‘pag mayor nag-appoint ng kamaganak bilang assistant ay pinagbabawal. ngunit ‘pag senator, congressman ay pwede. bakit nangyayari ‘to sa pinas. somebody pls explain.

    • jpastor

      kahit sino officials hindi pwede mag-appoint ng kamaganak kaya lang linalabag nila ang batas laban sa nepotismo.

  • buttones

    If a Senator or VP or President openly supports a family member as a candidate for say, a Senatorial seat- is this not a form of nepotism?On the subject- suspend the guy- pronto…

    • jpastor

      that i think is not nepotism since the guy being supported is subject to be elected by the people.

      “Practice of appointing relatives and friends in one’s organization to positions for which outsiders might be better qualified.”
      from www businessdictionary com/definition/nepotism html

      • buttones

        Thank you, it’s a fine line though isn’t it- better for me to stick to accusations of ‘cronyism’ the appointment of ‘Ruffy’ being a perfect example of that practice?

    • billy gunner

      nepotism is grounded on appointments–not election.

  • UrHONOR

    Binay of Makati, Garcia of Cebu, Belmonte of QC, Bernabe of ParC, Aguilar of LP, Duterte of Davao, Gatchalian of Valenzuela, de Veneica of Pang, and many, many others……. Officials appointing relatives to city executive positions…IBA pa ba ang mga ito kaysa kaso sa Palawan?

  • Avery_23

    Ohbitchwoman Cuntcheata Capro NoMorales is a very corruptbitch! She is only after a few people- her enemies and enemies of her friend. She is interested in justice for all.

  • Avery_23

    The SEC people also appoints their relatives to office. Why doesn’t ohbitchwoman cuntcheata capro NoMorales do anything about that?

  • Avery_23

    Makes me wonder how come aquino hasn’t pressured her to step down? Hmmmm.

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Political problem in the Philippines…. Greediness in power.

  • tagaDumantay

    Don’t blame the ombudsman if nobody is filing a complaint. In this case, the ombudsman have not made any action yet. It’s purely filing of an individual on behalf of poltical enemy against the acting mayor. Appointment to permanent position goes under the scrutiny and approval of Civil Service Commission. If CSC allows, means it has merit. Note that the position is only administrative aide, a position belonging to lowest paid in the organization.

  • Simplify1

    magaling din ang mayor na eto… appointment was made in January…oo nga naman hindi na nya kailangan isama sa SALN nya yung kanyang hipag kasama sa “relatives in Government”, kasi as of end december ang SALN….magulang talaga

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    What’s new? Most government officials I know have been doing this. The only difference this time is election next month.

  • boybakal

    This is one thing I like Binay, Erap and Enrile.
    They don’t appoint their children or relatives to gov’t position.
    They let the people elect them to gov’t position.
    Vote for Binay, Estrada, Enrile….No Nepotism.

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