Former Ombudsman Merceditas “Merci” Gutierrez had ordered the reinstatement of a dismissed Bureau of Customs official shortly before her resignation took effect.
Gutierrez, in a resolution signed on May 4, granted the motion for reconsideration filed by Customs police chief Jose Yuchongco which sought to overturn his dismissal from public service for failure to disclose his properties in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
Gutierrez’s resignation took effect on May 6.
The Office of the Ombudsman earlier ordered Yuchongco’s dismissal after finding him guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty.
The agency faulted Yuchongco for not disclosing his ownership of a house and lot in Batangas, farmland in Batangas province, Hillsborough property, a house and lot in Parañaque City, lotto winnings worth P3.3 million and agricultural land in Oas town, Albay province.
Yuchongco contended that the properties were not in his name and that he was delayed in declaring them for various reasons, including concerns for his safety, in the case of his lotto winnings.
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