February 11, 2014 04:52 AM

By: Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS City – This city’s General Services (CGS) officer was suspended for three months without pay after he was found guilty of simple misconduct by the Office of the Ombudsman.

In a memo dated Feb. 7, 2014, Mayor Angel Alan Celino meted a three-month suspension against CGS officer Glenn Amane, which will take effect upon the latter’s receipt.

The mayor has implemented the Sept. 27, 2014 16-page Ombudsman decision which exonerated Amane, former Roxas City mayor Vicente Bermejo and former Mongpong barangay captain Wilson Acervo and incumbent barangay captain Manuel Aninang of Olotayan from the malversation of public property through falsification of public document case filed against them by Celino.

But the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of usurpation of official function against Amane and Bermejo when they disposed of the P76, 862-worth of seized lumber under their custody.

The city government confiscated the lumber in a watershed in Sitio Catao, Brgy. Cudian, Ivisan town last Feb. 15, 2005.

But Belo was accused of cutting the lumber without permission from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The timbers were stocked at GSO for safekeeping but were reportedly delivered to Bermejo’s residence in May 27, 2008 for temporary storage.

On the same year, Acervo, who was the former Liga ng mga Barangay president, requested for 206.52 board feet of mahogany lumber to be used in the repair and rehabilitation of infrastructures in Mongpong. Aninang also requested for 1,052.20 board feet of mahogany, allegedly for distribution to Typhoon “Frank” victims.

But Typhoon Frank hit this city and Capiz on June 21, 2008 or 47 days after the requisition.