Ex-Negros Occidental Mayor Varela placed on probation after conviction

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Former Cadiz City, Negros Occidental mayor Eduardo Varela has been allowed to be placed under a four-year probation following his conviction over the illegal dismissal of employees.

“Upon perusal of the post-sentence investigation report, the court finds the recommendation for granting of the probation of Varela to be well-taken,” read the resolution of the Sandiganbayan 5th Division.

With this, the anti-graft court directed Varela to report to his probation and parole officer at least twice a month as well as render community service and participate in tree-planting activities, secure employment, and refrain from associating with groups or persons with questionable character, among others.

Varela was also told not change his address without prior notice from the officer of the court.

If he wants to travel abroad, he was also directed the secure a written permit from the officers or from the court.

The court had earlier convicted Varela for violating Republic Act No. 6656 which protects the security of tenure of civil service personnel.

The case stemmed from the firing of 166 employees in 1998 for the reorganization of the city government.