Local News: Raps Filed vs VM of Valladolid
Criminal and administrative complaints were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Valladolid Vice Mayor Gloria Gomez by Guintorilan barangay captain Joel Samera.
The charges consist of malversation of public funds, attempted bribery, and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Gomez said, however, she has yet to receive an official copy of the complaint, but she is ready with her counter-affidavit. She said she is ready to answer complaints and will not tarnish her good name in public service. In his complaint affidavit, Samera said Gomez violated the law when she failed to account for the construction materials worth P20,255 intended for a project in Brgy. Guintorilan.
Samera alleged that Gomez made a purchase request for the materials, stating in the document that it will be given as assistance to his barangay. Samera said their barangay council never requested or received the construction materials. When they inquired from the Office of the Vice Mayor about it, Gomez allegedly sent him a letter inviting him to visit her office and claim the amount of P20,000, Samera further alleged.
Gomez, for her part, said she requested for the materials after Domingo Mayang, a resident of Guintorilan and member of an irrigation group in the barangay, asked her assistance for the construction of their footwalk.
She also denied calling Samera on the phone to offer him a certain amount, saying she does not have his number.
Contrary to Samera’s claim that the materials are missing, Gomez said the materials were delivered and paid for. The Municipal Treasurer’s Office has all the documents of the transactions, she said.*