COGON Ramos, Cebu City Barangay Captain Omar Durano admitted his mistake in releasing honorarium to a jailed tanod.
The village chief said it was his fault. But he said he had no other motive in helping village watchman Mario Jimenez.
Durano said he had a “humanitarian reason” to include Jimenez in the barangay payroll as Jimenez’s family was struggling to make ends meet when Jimenez was in Cebu City Jail.
This complaint is not new, said Durano, adding that it had reached Malacañang through its grievance textline 8888.
The complaint also reached the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Ombudsman, he said.
Durano said he answered the allegations against him, adding that he was confused why the matter was rehashed.
“I answered that I did it for humanitarian reason because I pity my tanod who received a measly honorarium,” Durano said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
The village chief said Jimenez had been the breadwinner of his family before his arrest.
Durano said he is willing to pay back the honorarium released to Jimenez.
Jimenez was jailed for attempted murder from May 2018 to March 2019. However, Durano authorized the release of the monthly honorarium of P2,000 from June to September in 2018, and it was Jimenez’s wife who collected his honorarium.
According to City Attorney Rey Gealon, Jimenez could be held liable for dishonesty and misconduct under the Local Government Code of 1991 and violation of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. (PAC)