ILOILO CITY, Philippines / Sun.Star / July 19, 2011
Mayor welcomes cases filed vs him
Lydia C. Pendon
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he welcomes the filing of criminal and administrative charges against him, confident the case will not succeed.
Businessman Rommel Ynion filed the charges against Mabilog before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for buying cakes for senior citizens in 32 separate purchases during Christmas and New Year.
The city mayor said his conscience is clear and what were charged against him were products of wrong facts.
Recent photograph of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog courtesy: allaboutphilippines
The reimbursements of cake purchases amounted to Peso 106,690 were taken from the Peso 4.09 million expense allocations for conferences, meetings and entertainment.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Audit (COA) report did not consider buying cakes for senior citizens as illegal. The COA report showed the expenses are properly made under the appropriations for Other Maintenance and Operating Expenses, Extraordinary Expenses or Discretionary Expenses.
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