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Ex-Lupon mayor Lim fined for defying Ombudsman order

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Former Lupon, Davao Oriental mayor Domingo Lim has been fined for his refusal to implement a dismissal order of the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman slapped Lim with a fine equivalent to his one month salary when he was still mayor after it found him guilty of simple neglect of duty.

The penalty stemmed from Lim’s blatant refusal to implement the Ombudsman’s September 2015 decision ordering the dismissal of municipal employees Zaldy Cole, Jonel Delmonte, Renato Lanos, Rhulan Patiño Sr., Romeo Rosauro, and Sani Hanani.

Even after being reminded by the Ombudsman, Lim explained he was only exercising prudence in refusing to implement the dismissal order because the dismissed employees have pending appeals before the Court of Appeals (CA).

“It is clear from the provision that when a public official has been found guilty of an administrative charge by the Office of the Ombudsman and the penalty imposed is suspension of more than a month, just like in the present case, an appeal may be made to the Court of Appeals,” said the Ombudsman.

“However, such appeal shall not stop the decision from being executory and the implementation of the decision follows as a matter of course,” it stated.