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DepEd Taguig workers accuse boss of graft

Officials and employees of the Department of Education in Taguig City have filed three separate complaints of graft, serious misconduct, dishonesty and conduct unbecoming of a public official and employee before the Office of the Ombudsman against their superior.

They have accused Dr. George Tizon of DepEd's chief school governance operations in Taguig City-Pateros of failure to declare some properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth "using various dummies."

The complainants—Nestor Ramos, Bernadeth Bautista, Ma. Leny Manaoat, Salome Castro, Joseph Son, and Irma San Pedro—are represented by lawyer Noharddin Haron.

They have urged Ombudsman Samuel Martires to conduct a lifestyle check on Tizon.

"With the wealth that he has amassed thus far, respondent Tizon has no qualms displaying his lavish lifestyle by sporting high-end cars and owning large villas and several commercial buildings," the first complaint read.

Haron said Tizon supposedly used his shareholdings in Joy-Leigh Realty Holding Inc. “as convenient dummy to hide his unexplained wealth."

In the second complaint, Noharddin said the DepEd official would recommend his family-owned G3 Natural Hot Springs Resort located in Calamba, Laguna as a venue for field trips, and that he would instruct the school's transport provider to overcharge the student-participants.

In another complaint, Son and company filed graft and serious misconduct charges against Tizon and Dr. Carleen Sedilla, Dr. Romulo Rocena and the other Bids and Awards Committee members for awarding a contract to ProAds Events Management, the owner of G3 Natural Hot Springs Resort.

Tizon, a concurrent officer-in-charge principal of Senator Renato "Companero" Cayetano High School, "demanded P40 per student as his share or percentage in the school field trip fees in public high schools in Taguig and Pateros division,” Noharddin alleged. 

The complainants claimed the accused would "boast of his connections in the Office of the Ombudsman and as such, would brag that he is untouchable," and that he would even drop the names of then-mayor Lani Cayetano and now House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as his contacts.

Tizon, Sedilla, and Rocena, along with the DepEd and city hall offices concerned, could not be contacted for comment at presstime.

Topics: Department of Education , DepEd , Taguig City , graft charge , Statements of Assets , Liabilities and Net Worth
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