Aklan mayor sacked over Boracay mess

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from service of Malay, Aklan Mayor Ciceron Cawaling for his negligence in the management of Boracay Island.

The dismissal order was served by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday, April 24.

Cawaling was found guilty of gross neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.

Also ordered dismissed was municipal licensing officer Jen Salsona.

The Ombudsman also penalized the two with “forfeiture of retirement benefits, except accrued leave credits, and permanently disqualified for re-employment in the government service.”

Cawaling and Salsona’s dismissal stemmed from the administrative complaint lodged by the DILG.

In June last year, the DILG filed criminal and administrative charges against 17 public officials in Aklan for “failing to supervise” and “exercise their oversight functions.”

Boracay was closed to tourists in April and reopened in October 2018.The six-month shutdown was implemented to pave the way for the rehabilitation works on the island.

Of those accused, only the cases against Cawaling and Salsona prospered in the Ombudsman’s office.

The decision was approved by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Monday, April 22.

Cawaling will be replaced by Vice Mayor Abram Sualog.IMT

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