Ex-Cebu Councilor charged with graft

Published June 9, 2018, 11:49 AM

by Patrick Garcia


By Czarina Nicole O. Ong

Former Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Abella Carillo has been charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan Second Division in relation to the anomalous appointment of an administrative aide from 2013 to 2014.


Carillo was accused of violating Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act by Assistant Special Prosecutor III Jorge B. Espinal.

From July 1, 2013 to December 24, 2014, Carillo reportedly took advantage of his official position when he appointed Michael E. Abellana as Administrative Aide III of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cebu City with the monthly salary of P10,401.

This appointment was made without Abellana having rendered any service for the city because in truth, he was working at Baryo Grille, a private establishment owned and operated by Ara B. Flores.

As a result, Carillo’s actions caused undue injury to the government in the amount of P187,218, which represented Abellana’s salary and benefits.

His bail bond has been set at P30,000.

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier ordered that Carillo be permanently banned from holding public office and all his retirement benefits be forfeited due to his administrative offense of Serious Dishonesty.

He was ordered dismissed from service back in 2017, but since he is no longer in position, his penalty was convertible to a fine equivalent to his salary for one year.

Abellana was the one who filed the complaint against Carillo. The local official was accused of ordering Abellana to moonlight as a cook during office hours at his girlfriend’s business, Baryo Grille restaurant.

Abellana was ordered to register his attendance in the biometrics at 5 a.m. and then proceed to Baryo Grille to cook. He would go back to the office at 11 a.m. to register his time out.

Carillo tried to reason that Abellana’s performance as a cook did not really affect his work in the government, since Baryo Grille operates from 8 p.m.
to 6 a.m. But Ombudsman investigators found several witnesses – seven restaurant employees –
who testified that the restaurant actually operated 24 hours daily.