MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and his brother-in-law Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member President Elipe on Monday (April 8) welcomed the dismissal of the nepotism complaint filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In a press conference that day, lawyer of the respondents Melchor Cubillo reported that they received the resolution only recently even though the Ombudsman had already decided on the complaint in July 2018.
It can be recalled that one Ernesto Molina filed in October 2017 complaints for malversation, unlawful appointments, grave abuse of authority and grave misconduct against the two provincial officials.
Molina alleged that Emano committed nepotism in 2016 by appointing his own brother-in-law as general manager of the Misamis Oriental Integrated Sports Complex (MOISC).
In his complaint, Molina pointed out that MOISC is a government entity since it stands on land jointly owned by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, city government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Education (DepEd).
But in the July 2018 resolution issued by graft investigation and prosecution officer Rosemil Bañaga, the Ombudsman pointed out that the documents submitted by both complainant and respondents did not show that MOISC is a government entity.
"The SSS registration of the Integrated Sports Foundation, Inc. and the fact that it remits its employees' premium contributions to SSS lean toward the inference that it is a private entity," part of the resolution stated.
Along this line, Emano and Elipe welcomed the issuance of the resolution, saying it vindicated them from undue accusations thrown at them by their political foes.
Elipe in particular said during the press conference that they had documents showing that Molina, the complainant, was a city government of Cagayan de Oro employee at the time the complaint was filed.
The city mayor of Cagayan de Oro, Oscar Moreno, is a political opponent of the brothers-in-law.
Elipe hinted that they would be filing counter-complaints against Molina for falsification of documents leading to "political harassment."
Their lawyer Cubillo said that the nepotism complaint had no chance to revive since Molina failed to file a motion for reconsideration on time.
"There is no way to defeat truth, it will triumph over evil. The move of our rivals in politics especially in the city to implicate me on the charges which I never did is a political harassment. This is the plan of the Moreno camp to get even with his more than 100 graft cases," Elipe said.