Raps vs EB Magalona mayor, councilors withdrawn

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EB Magalona Vice Mayor Rob Acaling of Negros Occidental has withdrawn his complaints against Mayor Marvin Malacon and six town councilors before the Office of the Ombudsman, the Visayan Daily Star reported.

Malacon and others were earlier accused of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for Grave Misconduct.

“Finally, I am asking an apology from the Office of the Ombudsman for the undue inconvenience my action brought said office as I want to have a peaceful exit from public service leaving no conflict with the people I used to work with,” the politiko said in his subscribed sworn affidavits before the anti-graft court.

His complaints stemmed from the alleged unscrupulous use of public funds and abuse of authority.

Acaling also questioned the entry into a loan contract by the municipality with the Land Bank of the Philippines for P200 million for the renovation of the town public market, purchase of heavy equipment, and computerization.

He should have settled the matter amicably for the betterment and progress of EB Magalona, taking into consideration the evidence presented by respondents in their respective affidavits, according to him.

“Our constituents in the municipality of EB Magalona do not deserve this kind of political atmosphere which they are not used to that would ultimately result to a regressive momentum,” he added.

Aside from Malacon, other respondents in the complaints included Councilors Joey Pugales, Reylan Gamboa Sr., Isidro Gomed Jr., Gelita Parcon, and Jovie Madayag.