Mga bata ni uncle Joe! Iloilo City employees face electioneering complaints


At least three regular workers of the Iloilo City government who are allied with former Mayor Jose Espinosa III now face charges for electioneering.

Four job hires lodged complaints against the three last Aug. 22 for alleged electioneering and violation of ethical standards.

City Legal Office head Edgard Gil said the three facing complaints include (

* Tourism Assistant Department Head Eireen Rita Manikan
* Danny Tan of the City Health Office (CHO)
* Vincent de la Cruz of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO)

The four complainants, in a letter signed by their lawyer Eldrid Antiquiera and addressed to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, accused the three of violation of the Election Code/Fair Election Act, Civil Service Law, and Republic Act 6713 (Code of Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees).

According to the job hires, they were threatened with termination if they did not support the candidacy of Espinosa, who lost his reelection bid to Trenas.

Gil said he will assign a team of lawyers who will investigate the complaints starting next week.

If there is probable cause or sufficient evidence against the three, he said the three will face either administrative or criminal cases.

The employees also face dismissal from office or suspension depending on the gravity of their offenses, Gil noted.