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Ombudsman dismisses Aklan mayor

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Mayor Ciceron Cawaling of Malay town in Aklan province has been dismissed for his role in the environmental degradation of Boracay Island.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) yesterday served the dismissal order issued by the Ombudsman in relation to the administrative complaint filed by DILG undersecretary Epimaco Densing III against Cawaling and 16 other Aklan officials in June 2018.

Municipal Licensing Division head Jen Salsona was also dismissed from her post.

Cawaling and Salsona were found guilty of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The Ombudsman, on one hand, dismissed the administrative charge against Governor Florencio Miraflores, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Valentin Talabero, Sangguniang Bayan members Natalie Cawaling-Paderes, Jupiter Aelred Gallenero, Frolibar Bautista, Lloyd Maming, Dalidig Sumndad, Maylyn Aguirre-Graf, Danilo Delos Santos, and Dante Pagsuguiron, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgardo Sancho, and barangay officials Hector Casidsid, Chona Gabay, and Lilibeth Sacapaño for lack of substantial evidence.