For P18k public fund ex-Councilor in hot water

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MANILA, Philippines –A former Councilor from Calbiga Samar, is facing malversation case for falsifying public and private documents in his liquidation for P18,000.

The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman ordered the filing of multiple charges against former Sangguniang Bayan member, David Bacsal of Calbiga, Samar.

The malversation case against Bacsal stemmed from the 2011 8th National Congress of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) held at the Mall of Asia in Pasay.
Bacsal received the cash advance amounting to P18,380.00 to cover his travel expenses.

But upon review of his liquidation documents, the Ombudsman found that Bacsal falsified his certificate of appearance and official receipt, both private documents; and his liquidation report, a public document.

Representatives from the PCL certified that respondent was not on the record as having registered for the event and certified that the receipt presented by Bacsal was not issued to him but instead issued under the name of a representative from Silvino Lobos, Samar.

Bacsal is set to face trial for Malversation of Public Funds, Falsification of Public Documents and Falsification of Private Documents under the Revised Penal Code.

Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente has ordered the filing of multiple charges against Bacsal trial for Malversation of Public Funds, Falsification of Public Documents and Falsification of Private Documents under the Revised Penal Code.

Aside from criminal indictment, respondent was found guilty of Serious Dishonesty which carries the penalty of dismissal from the service. The order carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, forfeiture of retirement benefits and cancellation of eligibility. In case of separation from office, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s salary for one year.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government was directed to implement the Ombudsman’s order in the administrative case. -Newsline.ph

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