For lack of merit, the Ombudsman Visayas dismissed the anti-graft and corrupt practices and dishonesty charges filed by Vice Mayor Felix Feria against Mayor Alberto Nicor, Jr., SB Secretary Patricio Estoya, Jr, municipal treasurer Jacinto Potato, municipal accountant Joelette Borromeo, and municipal budget officer Joeselita Ordaniel.
Pulupandan Municipal Police Station is one of the awardees of the "Most Citizen Friendly Police Station 2014" award (Municipal Category) in the entire Region VI but the only one in the Province of Negros Occidental (municipal level), during the 20th National Crime Prevention Week Celebration held at Freedom Grandstand Iloilo City with this year theme "Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang Tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan". The award was given by PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan, PNP Regional Director PRO6 and Atty. Marte S. Palomar, Director, NAPOLCOM Regional Office 6. Receiving the award during the ceremony held yesterday, September 1, 2014, was PSInsp. Allan J. Reloj, the Chief of Police of Pulupandan, PNP.*
The decision was penned July 25, 2014 by Corazon Arnado-Carillo, Graft Investigator and prosecution officer 11; approved by Conchita Carpio-Morales, Ombudsman.
The case stemmed from the alleged falsified minutes of special session dated December 31, 2012 thereby approving Ordinance 2012, appropriating the amount of P3,867,770.76 as the general fund covering supplemental budget no. 3, where there was no actually a special session on that date. That respondents Potato and others only conspired with respondent Nicor, and the fund came from the calamity fund.
However, in his counter affidavit support by co-respondents, Nicor showed the notice of special session for December 31, 2012 with signature of Feria, as well as his attendance during the said session. also, Nicor showed the documents that the amount was sourced from the retained earnings of the municipality, in the amount of P6,204,408.65, enough to cover the lacking amount for the cash gifts of municipal employees which amounted to P3,867,770.76. Nicor also narrated that the case was politically motivated because the complainant did not question when receiving the cash gifts.
While respondents Potato and Ordaniel cited the statement of income and expenses of the municipality duly audited by the Commission on Audit (COA), certifying the surplus or retained earnings for 2011.