By Trixie Jaafar
Mayor Dean Villa of Larena, Siquijor has been ordered suspended for one month after he was found guilty of Simple Misconduct. In a Decision released by the Ombudsman, on 10 March 2016, Villa confronted his brother, Ronnie Villa, regarding Dean’s conviction for misconduct in a case before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Ronnie claimed that the mayor attempted to assault him and that the mayor ordered the police to arrest him.
“By using his authority and office for his personal advantage over the complainant, respondent clearly transgressed the norms and standards expected of him as a public servant. Indeed his act constitutes simple misconduct for which he should be held liable,” reads the Decision.
Under the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, all public officials and employees must at all times, respect the rights of others and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest. (OMBUDSMAN-PR)