Town mayor gets 6-month suspension for immorality


Posted at Mar 27 2017 01:04 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the six-month suspension of Altavas, Aklan Mayor Denny Refol after he was found guilty of immorality.

An Ombudsman investigation revealed Refol maintained an illicit relationship with another woman with whom he has a child.

A certificate of live birth stated that Refol was the father as he acknowledged paternity of the child born in 2007, the Ombudsman said in a press statement.

In his defense, Mayor Refol stated: "At present, there are only a few public officials who have no mistresses,"

The Ombudsman said Refol also claimed that he had already stopped seeing the other woman which makes the complaint moot and academic.

"The respondent has not denied the relationship despite the subsistence of his marriage or the fact that he has fathered a child with the woman," the Ombudsman said in her decision.

Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct is defined as an act which violates the basic norm of decency, morality and decorum, abhorred and condemned by the society and conduct which is willful, flagrant or shameless, and which shows a moral indifference to the opinions of the good and respectable members of the community.

The Ombudsman has directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government to implement the suspension.