Navotas City Mayor Tobias Reynald “Toby” Tiangco is facing a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman due to his reported failure to physically report to work, which resulted in unreasonable ordinances being imposed in the city.
Former Barangay Chairman Estelito Bautista filed the complaint for graft, breach of conduct, and violation of the Local Government Code, accusing Tiangco of not reporting to Navotas City Hall since the community quarantines were first implemented on March 12, 2020.
“How can he responsibly perform his duties if he has not reported for work since then? More importantly, how can he be allowed to receive salaries for the time that he has never reported for work inside the City Hall?” he wrote in the complaint.
Bautista said that Tiangco’s unauthorized leaving of his station is the “root cause” of the “runaway” enforcement of ordinances that have caused hardship to the citizens of Navotas, who have to pay excessive fines and penalties because of these.
The less fortunate constituents of Navotas City have raised concerns on Facebook regarding the unreasonable implementation of quarantine pass and face mask and face shield restrictions. Bautista expressed concern that the “undue fines” charged on the spot by enforcers may not be remitted anymore, and might have been pocketed by the enforcers.
He likewise linked Bautista’s absence in City Hall to the “willful refusal” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to honor national government directives during the community quarantine.
Bautista cited that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued advisories and rulings that the DTI passes are sufficient for merchants and other essential personnel to carry on with their business. However, Tiangco disregarded these and insisted that only sellers registered before July 15, 2020 will be able to conduct selling activities in Navotas.
“This act or omission is a violation of law,” Bautista stressed. He is hoping that the Ombudsman will charge Tiangco with violations of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards, and R.A. 7160 or the Local Government Code.