Batangas town mayor charged by Ombudsman over ‘anomalous’ transactions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) — A Batangas town mayor is facing administrative charges at the Office of the Ombudsman, slapped by the town’s officials, including his brother, over allegedly anomalous transactions.

Talisay, Batangas Mayor Gerry Natanauan is facing complaints of gross misconduct over transactions totalling ₱79.2 million.

Natanauan allegedly allowed the purchase of goods, and the payment of monthly telephone and gas bills through reimbursements, instead of directly paying suppliers and dealers with checks.

He also allegedly allowed progress payments for the delayed construction of the new municipal hall building. He also supposedly failed to submit disbursement vouchers related to its construction.

Tanauan officials also accused Natanauan of procuring 22 infrastructure projects, athletic uniforms, and snacks and meals for the district sports and athletic meet without complying with the government procurement law.

They also charged him with gross negligence for "utter disregard” of a July 2017 Commission on Audit report on the municipal government.

Among the complainants is his brother, Tanauan Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan.

CNN Philippines Correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.