Dismissed CDO Mayor Moreno protests Ombudsman’s ‘harsh’ order


Harsh and a miscarriage of justice.

This was how Cagayan De Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno described the dismissal order issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman over the “Ajinomoto” case.

Moreno said the Ombudsman did not even give credit to his counter-affidavit.

“I have submitted my counter affidavit relative to the case filed against me involving Ajinomoto case, but, the Ombudsman failed to read it,” the mayor said in a statement.

The re-electionist mayor vowed to file a motion for reconsideration with the Ombudsman and seek a restraining order from the Court of Appeals (CA).

Along with two other mayors in Mindanao, Moreno was sacked over charges of

Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty, Gross Neglect of Duty, and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.

The Ombudsman found Moreno guilty of Grave Misconduct for entering into a settlement agreement with Ajinomoto Philippines without prior authorization from the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The agreement supposedly allowed Ajinomoto to pay P300,000 instead of its original local business tax deficiency of P2.9 million.

Also sacked from his post is Moreno’s treasurer officer-in-charge Glenn Banez. They were meted out with the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from public office and forfeiture of retirement benefits.

Moreno is running for re-election against CDO 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and former Misamis Oriental governor and CDO mayor Vicente Emano.