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CA denies appeal
vs. Silay officials


The Court of Appeals 18th Division in Cebu City has denied a motion for reconsideration to its June 25 ruling that set aside a decision of the Office of the Ombudsman ordering the suspension of 17 officials of Silay City for eight months and one day.

The June 25 decision of the CA also reversed the Aug. 3, 2010 decision of the Ombudsman stating that the 17 had committed conduct prejudicial to public service.

There are “no cogent reasons or grounds sufficient to disturb, reverse or modify the decision” of the CA on June 25, Executive Justice Pampio Abarintos said.

The motion for reconsideration dated July 20, 2012, and motion for partial reconsideration dated August 2, 2012 filed by Jose Lindy Chan, Jojo Sumiller and the Office of the Ombudsman are denied for lack of merit, Abarintos said in his resolution.

The court is constrained to have to remind the respondents that all their arguments have already been thoroughly discussed in the decision sought to be reconsidered, the resolution added.

Chan and Sumiller had claimed that the 17 had been part of an anomalous P18 million computerization project of the Silay City government.

But the CA said that, based on the evidence presented, the petitioners were able to sufficiently prove that the computerization system procured from Systems and Plan Integrator and Development Corp.