TACLOBAN CITY-The provincial board of Samar passed two resolutions involving one of its members, Alma Uy Lampasa. The first resolution concerning Lampasa regarding the absences she committed for the past five regular sessions of the provincial board for this year. On this regards, those who signed Resolution Number 14-111-14 passed on July 10, asked the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas to conduct an investigation and file necessary action against Lampasa on this ground.
Based on the said resolution, Lampasa was said to have committed absences on May 15, May 22, May 29 and on June 5, all this year. The said resolution said that her act is punishable which could be a ground for her suspension or removal.
”It would be a heavy burden on the part of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as would interfere in its law-making functions if it assumes jurisdiction over the matter of Hon. Lampasas’s five consecutive absences. Moreover, it does not have the expertise, staff, resources to hear and conduct quasi-judicial proceedings,” part of the resolution said, stating reason why they want the Ombudsman to conduct the investigation.
Lampasa, however, said that she have valid reasons why she was not able to attend their regular sessions on those days mentioned. For instance, she was not able to able to attend their June 5 session because she was with her son who was at that time was entering college. Meantime, the same provincial board proposed a resolution approved on July 1 during their regular session, for Secretary Leila de Lima to conduct an investigation over report of ambush incident involving Lampasa.
Lampasa had earlier claimed that she was a victim of an ambush attempt on July 8 in Jiabong town, also in Samar. The said resolution urged de Lima to order the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to head an investigation on this matter. Lampasa, a former trial court judge, claimed that she was the target of an ambush incident while she was in Barangay Jian, Jiabong on July 8 at around 7.28 p.m. She said that the attempt on her life could be politically motivated as she had made several exposes on what she claimed illegal activities involving some provincial officials. (JOEY A. GABIETA/LIZBETH ANN ABELLA)