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Some 300 Negros Occidental barangay officials ombudsman raps

About 300 barangay officials in Negros Occidental are facing complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Jeffrey Rumbines, president of the Association of Local Government Accountants in Negros Occidental (Algano), said on Wednesday that the complaints are filed against village officials for not observing the proper procedure in government transactions, especially in the procurement of equipment and implementation projects in the conduct of bidding.

Rumbines made the statement in a seminar held in Bacolod City that was attended by more than 2,000 village officials from the province’s 13 cities and 19 municipalities.

Lawyer Philip Camiguing, acting director of the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas, warned the village officials that they will file appropriate charges if the evidence against them warrants it, especially if it is supported by a report of the Commission on Audit.

Camiguing added that they are trying to hasten the resolution of complaints against the concerned local officials so these won’t be used for political purposes.