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Ombudsman suspends Cagayan de Oro councilor

A councilor of Cagayan de Oro city was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman after he was found guilty of violating the law.

Suspended for six months without pay is Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Zaldy Ocon as he was found guilty of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.
The Ombudsman also found probable cause against Ocon for violation of Article 359 (Slander by Deed) of the Revised Penal Code.
Investigation showed that on November 30, 2016, a traffic violation ticket was issued against Ocon by complainant, Ric Emmanuel Agustin, a traffic enforcer of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) of Cagayan De Oro City.
The city councilor was given the ticket for parking his vehicle in a “no parking zone.”
But an altercation between the two men ensued when respondent got the ticket and threw it away.
The situation escalated the following day when Ocon slapped Agustin after the latter was invited by RTA Chairman Engr. Nonito Oclarit to the session hall of the City Council to settle the issue. RTA Overseer Atty. Jose Uy witnessed the slapping incident.
In its decision, the Ombudsman stated that, “the Statement of Indignation of the RTA and Affidavit of Atty. Uy sufficiently established respondent’s culpability.
Records show that respondent’s acts have tarnished the image of his public office when he slapped complainant.
A public official should avoid any appearance of impropriety affecting the integrity of government services. Every public officer should be an example of integrity and proper behavior.”
“The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees enunciates the State policy of promoting a high standard of ethics and utmost responsibility in the public service. By his actuations, respondent failed to live up to such standards,” the Decision added.

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