July 15, 2007

City Hall employee to face raps on lost medicines
Medicines part of medical mission

Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas expressed dismay after he learned that the Christ-Centered Fellowship, which recently conducted a free medical, dental and optical mission in the city from July 3 to 6 at the City Hall Auditorium, lost several medicines.

The report was relayed to the mayor by Civil Security Unit (CSU) chief Florentino Dumlao during a regular staff meeting at the City Hall. According to Dumlao, he received a report about the incident on July 4.

Dumlao further stated that they immediately conducted an investigation on the matter and they learned and found out that a City Hall employee was the prime suspect.

He explained that the result of the said investigation pointed out that the incident happened on the evening of July 3, the first day of the mission.

Apparently, the medicine to be used for the mission was stored and kept at the Auditorium so the group would no longer have to carry the said boxes back and forth.

After finding out about the incident, Dumlao said he has instructed a CSU personnel to stay inside the auditorium for the whole night of July 4 just in case the thief would return.

At about 11:30 pm, the CSU personnel said he observed a radio operator was looking at the auditorium. Later on, he said the radio operator managed to get inside the auditorium wherein he immediately headed to the boxes of medicine. Unfortunately, the said operator was not able to get any medicine at the time.

What transpired, Dumlao said, was evidence that this radio operator should also be the suspect in the stolen medicines a day earlier.

The radio room, which is located near the auditorium, keeps duplicate keys of offices at the City Hall.

With the result of the CSU probe, Dumlao recommended that the said employee be charged administratively though the head of the medical mission stated they are no longer interested in the case.

Dumlao added that what happened was embarrassing for the city government, especially since the mission was the first—and supposedly the pilot—mission of the said group.

The disciplinary board will be charged with determining whether the said employee is guilty of the accusations and if so would also determine the penalties appropriate for it.

Dumlao also stressed that he is ready to defend his recommendation in case he would be invited by the disciplinary board.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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