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,
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
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.