Ombudsman starts probe vs Mayor Quisumbing

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The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has started its investigation into the cases filed against Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing over the alleged illegal reassignment of a social worker, the Freeman reported.

Last January, Michael Pielago, 44, filed criminal and administrative complaints against Quisumbing for violating the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, Oppression and the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices.

Pielago, a person with a disability who uses crutches, was allegedly transferred from the House of Mandaue, a facility for children in conflict with the law to the Housing and Urban Development Office (HUDO).

Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente informed Pielago on February 13, 2019, acknowledging receipt of the complaints now docketed as OMB-V-C-19-0066 and OMB-V-A-19-0077.

Pielago was also ordered to submit certified true copies of his attached documents of the complaints he filed against Quisumbing.

Quisumbing’s chief of staff Mae Elaine Bathan earlier said the complainant was reassigned to HUDO since the office “greatly requires” a social worker who would assist in conducting the social preparation of the informal settlers and members of the urban poor.