ILIGAN CITY (29 July 2016) - The Office of the Ombudsman has found former Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz and 11 former councilors, including the incumbent congressman, liable for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
The 11 councilors were Ruderic Marzo, Providencio Abragan Jr., Moises Dalisay Jr., Riza Jane Magaro, Jose Zalsos, Frederick Siao, Marlene Young, Ariel Anghay, Michelle Sweet-Booc, Bayani Areola, Roy Openiano, and Eulalio Gaite.
Siao is the incumbent representative for the Lone District of Iligan.
Cruz and the 11 councilors were sued by the City Administrator Dexter Sumaoy in 2014 after they leased a property without undergoing public bidding.
In an order dated June 13, 2016, but was only made public recently, the Office of the Ombudsman imposed the penalty of dismissal from service, with the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding office and forfeiture of retirement benefits, among others.
According to Dalisay, counsel and one of the respondents, they will file a motion for reconsideration. He maintained that leasing private real estate does not require public bidding.
Sumaoy, on the other hand, insisted that the penalties for the administrative case may be executed immediately.