Sandigan OKs convicted ex-Negros mayor’s probation
Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) - May 25, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has allowed former mayor Eduardo Varela of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental to be on probation for four years over the termination of more than 100 employees in 1999.

In a resolution promulgated on May 17 and obtained by reporters yesterday, the anti-graft court’s fifth division granted Varela’s application for probation after the Bacolod City Parole and Probation Office in its post-sentence investigation report, said the recommendation was “well-taken.”

Varela was found guilty of violating Republic Act 6656 or an Act to Protect the Security of Tenure of Civil Service Officers and Employees in the Implementation of Government Reorganization.

He was sentenced to a minimum of three years to a maximum of five years in prison and perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

Filed by the Office of the Ombudsman in 2011, the case stemmed from Varela’s failure to reappoint several regular city hall employees as part of the implementation of the city government’s reorganization.

The court said Valera hired new individuals for a revised staffing pattern instead of giving preference to regular employees. Some positions occupied by regular employees were also abolished only to be re-created for new hires.

The court directed Varela to report to his probation and parole officer at least twice a month, render community service and participate in tree-planting activities.

 “He shall allow the supervising probation and parole officer or an authorized volunteer probation aide to visit his home and place of work,” the court said.

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