Quezon City 2nd District Councilor Roderick Paulate has been suspended from public office.
According to a news report by Rappler, the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division ordered a 90-day suspension for the incumbant councilor.
This suspension is related to Roderick's pending graft case, where he was accused of having 30 ghost employees on his city council's payroll.
Allegedly, the actor-politician and his driver-liaison officer Vicente Bajamunde collected a sum of PHP1.1 million through these ghost employees in 2010.
The Quezon City official argued that the "Court of Appeals reversed the Office of the Ombudsman's ruling against him in a related administrative case as there was insufficient evidence."
He also pointed out that there was "no purpose" for suspension since the Ombudsman's investigation on his case had already been completed.
Roderick, who is running for Quezon City vice mayor this coming mid-term elections, cited the Local Government Code of 1991 as well.
The code "prohibits suspension of local officials 90 days before election."
But the Sandiganbayan rejected these arguments, citing Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Courrpt Practices Act in return.
This act "mandates the suspension of public officials facing corruption charges."
The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft and multiple falsification charges against Roderick in April 2018.
Roderick posted bail for a total amount of PHP246,000 a few days after he was charged.