Sual ex-bursar running for councilor charged

SUAL–The former municipal treasurer of Sual, now a candidate who filed her certificate of candidacy for councilor in the town, may face criminal charges after an audit team from the Commission on Audit (COA) discovered cash shortages unearthed shortly after she vacated her post.

This was contained in a letter of COA Regional Director Michael R. Bacani to the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon dated November 15, 2018 recommending criminal proceedings be instituted against Prescilla Ramos, who was considered resigned from the service after filing her CoC for councilor.

Bacani stated a P7.39 million cash shortage of funds in her custody as municipal treasurer based on the Cash Examination Report covering the period November 8, 2016 to December 18, 2018.

Ramos is running for councilor under the ticket of former Sual Mayor John Arcinue, son of incumbent Mayor Roberto Arcinue.

Her cash shortage, according to the letter, include  P1,853,923 per Local Treasury Account-12-18.17; Reclassified by the Municipal Accountant to “Due From Officers and Employees-Prescila L. Ramos” in 2016;  P1,076,137; and Reclassified by the Municipal Accountant to “Due to Officers and Employees-Prescila L. Ramos” in 2017, P3,463,854.15 or a total cash shortage of P7,393,914.24.

The recommendation is for the filing of case of malversation of public funds under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code.

The Office of the Ombudsman received the affidavit (with annexes) of the Audit Team that conducted the examination.

Bacani further asked the Ombudsman to secure the issuance of a hold-departure order on Ramos should a probable cause for filing criminal charge(s) against Ms. Ramos be determined. (Leonardo Micua)

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