The Office of the President is validating several complaints against local government officials who are being accused of misconduct in office, abuse of authority, dishonesty, dereliction of duty and alleged link to illegal drugs.
The OP said it is coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the validation process to erase suspicion of bias because of the election period.
One of the complaints received by the OP is a 15-page complaint filed by lawyer Reyzandro Unay against Northern Samar governor Jose Ong Jr., who was accused of habitual absences since assuming his post in July 2016.
In the complaint, Unay said that there was never an instance since Day 1 of his term that Ong served out a full-week in office, or even just most of the workdays of any week.
The complaint said that being absent in the office not only shortchanges the people for the salary the governor gets, but dishonor the trust reposed on him by his constituents in violation of his oath office.
Unay added Ong deliberately failed to investigate the mayor of Lao-ang Northen Samar who was previously named by President Rodrigo Duterte as among the narco-politicians who is protecting the illegal drug trade in his locality.
In his complaint, Unay prayed for the preventive suspension of Ong to prevent him from influencing the course of the investigation, and prevent him from harassing witness and from tampering the evidence against him.