Report: City gov’t employee ‘clears’ Mayor Bayron, son over nepotism issue

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A press document forwarded by the TMG Law Office to Palawan News on Thursday, February 8, has presented sworn statements from city government employees who refuted several claims in the original complaint of Aldrin Madreo, the complainant whose case was used as basis by the Ombudsman to dismiss Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron for “grave misconduct and serious dishonesty”.

The two-page document narrated how Rigor Cobarrubias, a City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) employee, has come forward to “virtually clear beleaguered Mayor Lucilo Bayron and his son Karl who were earlier ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman over a nepotism case filed by a resident of Antipolo City”.

Per the document, Cobarrubias, in his affidavit (a copy of which was also handed to Palawan News), denied Madreo’s claim that he was reassigned by Karl Bayron to the CTMO. Cobarrubias also disproved Madreo’s claim that he was a “career and regular employee”, as he was a “job order” one. Lastly, Cobarrubias also clarified that it was him who requested his transfer from the Bantay Puerto Program-Night Patrol to the CTMO on September 2013, again refuting Madreo’s statement in the latter’s complaint.

Cobarrubias’ statements, the document further said, were backed by City Personnel Officer Roberto Herrera who certified that the former was indeed not a regular employee, while City Legal Officer Arnel Pedrosa also attested that Cobarrubias was indeed merely under a ‘contract of services’.

A full copy of the press document forwarded by the TMG Law Office is available below:

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Puerto Princesa worker ‘clears’ Bayron, son over nepotism issue, questions inclusion in case vs Bayrons

An employee of the city government of Puerto Princesa has come forward to virtually clear beleaguered Mayor Lucilo Bayron and his son Karl who were earlier ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman over a nepotism case filed by a resident of Antipolo City.

In a January 28 sworn affidavit, Rigor Cobarrubias denied being reassigned by Karl to the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) as stated in the 2013 complaint filed by a certain Aldrin Madreo.

Madreo’s allegations were used by the Ombudsman as one of the basis of its November 18, 2016 decision ordering the dismissal from the service of the Bayrons for charges of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

Cobarrubias pointed out he was a job order employee, not a “career and regular employee” as described by the complainant.

Contrary to Madreo’s claim that it was Karl, “who is not an organic personnel of the city government,” that ordered his transfer, Cobarrubias clarified that it was he himself who requested the mayor for a transfer from Bantay Puerto Program-Night Patrol to CTMO sometime on September 2013.

“Sa madaling salita, ang aking pagkakalipat sa City Traffic Management Office ay dahil sa pagtatalaga sa akin mismo ni Mayor Lucilo Bayron at walang kinalaman si Karl Bayron…,” Cobarrubias stated in his affidavit.

Cobarrubias’ claims were backed by City Personnel Officer Roberto Herrera who issued a certification that the former was indeed not a regular employee.

“This is to certify that there is no RIGOR COBARRUBIAS in the regular Plantilla of Personnel of the City Government of Puerto Princesa since July 1, 2013 up to present,” Herrera said in a January 27 certification he issued to Cobarrubias.

This was also backed up by City Legal Officer Arnel Pedrosa, who also attested that from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, a “CONTRACT OF SERVICES” was executed between the City Government of Puerto Princesa and Mr. Rigor Cobarrubias, for the position Administrative Assistant, under the Bantay Puerto Program, Office of the City Mayor, this City.”

Cobarrubias’ surfacing comes as a new twist to the administrative charges filed against the Bayrons, whose dismissal from the service was ordered by the Ombudsman.

In its decision, the prosecuting body said that Bayron and Karl intentionally concealed their father-son relationship – in violation of Civil Service rules on appointments – when the mayor appointed his son as project manager of Bantay Puerto Princesa VIP Security Task Force from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

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