Former barangay exec convicted of graft 

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MANILA, Philippines — A former barangay secretary of Quezon City was sentenced to imprisonment after being found guilty of six counts of graft.

Judge Marilou Runes-Tamang of Regional Trial Court (Branch 980 of Quezon City sentenced Carolyn Tabora, former secretary of Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City to imprisonment ranging from one year to four years for each count.

Ombudsman prosecutors proved that Tabora failed to exclude the name of Kagawad Raymond Allan Ronario from the monthly payrolls of July to December 2004 despite Ronario’s travel to Japan during this period.  As a result, Ronario was able to collect his salaries totaling P56,749.80 despite not rendering any work.

The court junked Tabora’s defense that it is the liaison officer’s responsibility to drop Ronario’s name from the payroll.

The Decision stated, “she could have easily scratched the name of Rosario with one swoosh of her pen, but she culpably neglected to do so, for six months. Her mindless disregard of her duty to certify becomes a habit of gross inexcusable negligence.”-Harold V. Pontongan/Newsline.ph

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