Ex-Northern Samar mayor, vice mayor accused over nepotism

State prosecutors charged a former Northern Samar mayor and vice mayor of nepotism for appointing their close relatives to the board of a water district.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Office of the Ombudsman said it filed nepotism charges against former Gamay mayor (now vice mayor) Timoteo Capoquian, Jr. and former vice mayor Enrique Gomba. They were accused of appointing their close relatives as members of the Board of Directors of the Gamay Water District in 2008.

Capoquian appointed his sister, while Gomba appointed his wife, in violation of the Revised Administrative Code of 1987, the Ombudsman said. Under Section 59, Chapter 7, Book V, the Administrative Code prohibits the appointment to a government position of an individual whose relationship with the appointing or recommending authority, chief of the bureau or office or the person exercising immediate supervision over the appointee is within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity.

H/T: inquirer

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