In a country where dynasty is outlawed but continues to dominate in all levels of government, somebody being actually charged of nepotism is unheard of.
Apparently not anymore.
Over the weekend, news broke out about the mayor of Santiago City in Isabela being banned from leaving the country in connection with the nepotism case filed against her before the Sandiganbayan.
The Bureau of Immigration and Deportation reportedly issued a hold departure order against Mayor Amelita Navarro of Santiago City, Isabela
Navarro is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 23, as ordered by the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict her for nepotism. Navarro filed for a motion for reconsideration before the Ombudsman but was reportedly denied.
Navarro’s nepotism case arose from her alleged appointment of her husband, former Isabela board member Jose Navarro, in the Santiago Water District's board in 2005.
From the looks of it, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez is hard at work to try to keep her job.