13 September 2016

Camarines Norte Governor Suspended by the Ombudsman

Governor Edgardo Tallado
Do you still remember the alleged sex scandal in Camarines Norte involving Governor Edgardo Tallado?

The Office of the Ombudsman has just ordered the six-month suspension of the re-elected Governor for "disgraceful and immoral conduct" over the proliferation on social media of his sex video and nude photos with his alleged mistress, according to newsinfo.inquirer.net.

"Wherefore, judgement is rendered finding respondent Edgardo Tallado administratively liable for Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct for which he is meted the penalty of six months suspension and one day without pay," the six-page Ombudsman decision read.

The suspension order was recommended by Ombudsman director for Preliminary Investigation, Administrative Adjudication and Prosecution, Adoracion Agbada on October 22, 2015.
The recommendation was signed and approved by Morales on 8 August 2016.

The anti-graft body said the penalty meted against Tallado was in accordance with administrative rules under Republic Act 6770 or the Ombudsman Act of 1989.

A certain Jonel Banal, who filed the complaint against Tallado, accused him of being immoral and offensive because of his supposed extramarital affair, which the complainant claimed caused "embarrassment and humiliation of the people of Camarines Norte, especially the women sector."

Tallado’s rumored extramarital affair became fodder for the media after Tallado's wife Josie disappeared but surfaced after nearly a week in October 2014. The Governor even took the media and reported that his wife was allegedly missing. He said that his wife and a friend, Darlene Francisco, went to Lupi, Camarines Sur and had not been seen since.

But Mrs. Tallado showed up at ABS-CBN and said she was not kidnapped. She also reported that she feared for her life following her discovery of a "sex video" of her husband and his alleged mistress, who was rumored to be the 23-year old provincial nurse.

Her lawyer Atty. Kapunan said that the governor confiscated all of Josie’s gadgets, cut off all her communication lines, and destroyed her laptop using a gun.

The Ombudsman dismissed Tallado’s argument that the case filed before the Ombudsman is a form of forum shopping since there is already a pending similar complaint filed against him with the Office of the President in January 2015.