A village chairman was caught on camera sleeping with his treasurer during a coronavirus planning Zoom call.
Jesus Estil accidentally filmed himself and the village council’s female treasurer having sex in front of local government officials.
The married chairman – who is apparently not so tech-savvy – had mistakenly pushed the join button instead of turning off his camera when his colleagues started the call.
Mr Estil, head of the Filipino village of Fatima Dosin, can be seen receiving oral sex in footage of the embarrassing episode.
A copy of the video was sent to members of the public who then forwarded it to local journalists, sparking a media storm.
Jorge Magno, the president of the association of local village council leaders, told local radio station DZBB that Estil and the treasurer have both left their posts to placate angry residents.
Magno said Mr Estil was looking for “patience and understanding” in the matter.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has said it will conduct an investigation.
DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya described the episode as “appalling and disturbing because it goes against public morals and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.’’
DILG Barangay Affairs Summons and Complains Chief Richard Geronimo added: “This is not simple misconduct, but grave misconduct. We will do everything to punish him.
“Naturally, the staff member in question has asked for forgiveness but it is not that easy.”