The Office of the Ombudsman has slapped a six-month suspension without pay of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority general manager Steve Dicdican for violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.
“Evidence on record suggests that the evidence of guilt is strong,” Ombudsman Samuel Martires said in a Dec. 16 order.
The Ombudsman prohibited Dicdican to enter his office to prevent him from interfering with the pending case.
The MCIAA official was also slapped with administrative charges for grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
The National Bureau of Investigation filed a criminal complaint against Dicdican, officers of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. and 11 foreign nationals for the supposed operations of these foreigners at the MCIAA.
It said that Dicdican and the other respondents “conspired, connived, colluded, schemed and acted together to violate the 1987 Constitution and the Anti-Dummy Law.”
The NBI said the MCIAA was operated and managed by the foreigners with the knowledge and approval of the Filipino officers of the MCIAA and GMCAC.
“Evidence submitted by the complainant and gathered by the investigators showed that the foreign nationals were actually performing executive and managerial positions,” the NBI report said.