By Ric Obedencio | 01:30 PM January 18, 2023
The Office of Governance Accountability and Review (Ogar) announced that it’s ready to submit to the governor’s office its probe findings and recommendation over the anomalous transactions allegedly perpetrated by certain personnel of the provincial government of Bohol.
This came during the recently held a press conference at its office at the New Provincial Capitol building last week.
As a response to the clamor of Boholanos for accountability and action, Ogar Chairman, former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, along with Ogar Vice chairman Dan Neri Lim, former Tagbilaran City Mayor, and the board of consultants told media that they are ready to submit the findings of their investigation and their recommendation to Gov. Aris Aumentado for administrative cases to be filed against persons of interest.
Evasco and Macario Delusa, former provincial prosecutor and Ogar board member, reiterated that they were not at liberty to discuss further the details and names of the respondents as well as the specific anomalous transactions with respect to the respondent’s right to due process. It disclosed that the case involves grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and commission of an act punishable under the anti-graft law.
He also assured everyone in attendance that this is only the start and that all officially submitted complaints will investigated accordingly. In fact, Evasco said that immediately after the first administrative case is filed, the second administrative case shall be filed.
Emmanuel Ramasola, in a Facebook post said that Delusa revealed that the first case is against a male regular employee while the second official is against a female employee. Aside from administrative cases, criminal cases may also be filed against them later on.
Evasco also emphasized that Boholanos have long been waiting for this and explained that Ogar exercises due diligence in investigating officially submitted complaints, and does not submit any recommendations half-hazardly.
Ogar ensures that there is solid evidence upon transmittal of its recommendation to the governor, so as to ensure that the process is done correctly based on substantial evidence for any case to prosper.
He further explained that the function of Ogar is investigative and recommendatory and that with Executive Order 2-A, the scope will include past and present administrations.
All of Ogar’s findings and recommendations thus far shall be forwarded to the office of the governor.
And as regards to the recommended administrative case, the governor will create a body that will deliberate on the weight of the evidence and undertake the filing of an administrative case against a respondent.
Ogar board of consultants Judge Suceso Arcamo, Jagna Mayor Joseph Rañola and Atty. Kurt Bungabong attended the presscon.