Ex San Sebastian Mayor is disqualified to run for public office

Catbalogan City, Samar – The Office of the Obudsman Visayas affirmed the query of a former San Sebastian town employee that Ex-mayor Arnold Abalos is imposed a “perpetual disqualification from holding a public office.” 

Former Mayor Arnold Abalos was indicted and found guilty of grave misconduct and was meted out the penalty of dismissal from the service with all the accessory penalties in a promulgated decision of the Ombudsman on 27 September 2013. 

He is running for the mayoralty post in the said municipality this coming 9 May 2016 elections. 

Abalos was charged in 2012 before the anti-graft body in 2012 for failing to file and remit the mandatory monthly Government Service Insurance Service (GSIS) premiums of 40 LGU employees for five years. 

His election bid is being questioned by Engr. Robert Rebosura, a former LGU employee and among the complainants against the ex-mayor in the Ombudsman case. 

In his letter to the local Commission on Election (COMELEC), he questions the validity of Abalos’ candidacy in the incoming election. 

"I have learned that Ex-Mayor Arnold B. Abalos has filed certificate of candidacy for mayor of San Sebastian, Samar for the forthcoming election in May 2016. Please be informed that I am vehemently opposing his candidacy,” Rebosora said. 

Rebosura said that the case has not in any way been overturned yet in favor of Abalos and should not be allowed to join the local electoral race. Abalos filed a petition before the Court of Appeals in relation to the said decision but was dismissed as per resolution issued by the court last 15 October 2015. 

Ombudsman Visayas Director Euphemia Bacalso, in a letter, citing Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS), said that the penalty dismissal of Abalos shall carry with it cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and bar from taking civil service examination.

The COMELEC still has not made a comment on Rebosura's letter. 

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