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3 Iligan City Hall execs face graft raps

ILIGAN CITY—The Ombudsman Mindanao has approved the filing of graft charges against three City Hall officials for allegedly tampering with daily time records of employees in a bid to bloat salary payments.

In a 48-page resolution, Milagros de Jesus-Macaraig, graft investigation and prosecution officer, said earlier this month that there was probable cause to charge acting city human resource officer Ophelia Aspera Cayaco; human resource management officer Danilo Genabio Iglupas, and human resource office administrative officer Ilpa Lasala Acapulco, of estafa through falsification of public documents and malversation of public funds.

The Ombudsman resolution, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer on Thursday, was based on the complaint filed by “concerned citizens,” including lawyer Vermin Quimco and Catholic priests Fr. Nazer Zaragoza and Fr. Albert Mendez.

The complainants charged that they have gathered evidence, including the testimony of a former City Hall employee, about the officials’ act of bloating salary expenditures by tampering with the employees’ claim for overtime pay.

“The complaint is supported with the affidavit of Rolando Mariquit, the principal witness of the complainants, who was then the human resource management officer I of the local government of Iligan,” the Ombudsman resolution read.

The Ombudsman said Mariquit had testified to “having personal knowledge of the illegal and irregular acts committed by the respondents in having conspired and confederated in the falsification of the entries in his and his colleagues’ daily time records (DTRs) for the month of December 2007.”

“The purpose was to support a bloated claim for overtime services and the witness averred that respondents made insertions and alterations in his DTR for December 2007 as well as the DTRs of the six employees of the City Human Resource Management Office by making it appear that they have rendered excessive overtime service when in truth not,” the Ombudsman added.

In the documents, the city government spent P150,000 for payment of the supposed overtime services but none of the employees received the full amount shown in their pay slips.

Cayaco and Acapulco were not available to comment on the Ombudsman resolution but Iglupas denied having a hand in the supposed anomaly. Tito N. Fiel, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBW2BZX34JXQUSVAMZVKCLNAU TagaDumantay

    This is another small pry being persecuted by the Government i.e. Ombudsman. Why not concentrate on the big fish. The reason why these small tile civil servant are stealing is because the top are stealing millions.

    Let’s start with mayors, governors and congressmen who are demanding 20% of every contract awarded. Sending at least 20 mayors to jail will change the whole Philippine corruptions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rolano.mariquit Rolano Mariquit

      This little issue on graft case against civil servants in ILIGAN CITY will open the Macro-level/large issue of graft and corruption cases in government. The office of the City Human Resource Management Office whom these case was focused were close to the executive. Imagine an Office and the CHRM Officer whom should be the mirror of  the Civil Service Commission and implementer of Civil Service Laws is the one violating such rules and regulations. If the Executive Head ignores such cases, then maybe something is fishy in here….Ignorance of the Law excuses no one. The Ombudsman is only reaping its fruits on their Transparency and Integrity Development Training Program cascaded to the many city’s and provinces to make public service to the best honesty, integrity and humane. The case is like a dust, but these dust will hit the eye. It was not ignored by the Ombudsman, its a small case, but it will open the BIG cases of graft and corruption in the city. Having such kind of Resolution to file graft charges to these ill-officers of the government will prove that even the Office of the Ombudsman is true to their Integrity Program and is willing to seek justice and truth.
      The case will be filed to the Regional Trial Court (Criminal Case) but the Administrative Case Resolution is yet pending in action…these ill-employees must be removed first from civil service as a result of administrative charges and will face after the CRIMINAL JUSTICE for such graft and corrupt practices act like, estafa through falsification of public documents and malversation of public funds for civil liability to the people of ILIGAN CITY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rolano.mariquit Rolano Mariquit

    “The Truth will set us free”…the people should be vigilant on their taxes paid to the government. If no one will whistle blow, who will?..Definitely, the civil servants in government should lead in the campaign for transparency and help the people know what going inside the affairs of government service. How will the people know if the civil servants keep their mouth and ears closed?…Who will help and protect the peoples money?…it is the right time…small voices were heard in the Ombudsman now!…i appreciate the move through their resolution to file criminal charges…at least the Integrity of Justice is still alive.

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