Ombudsman seeks raps vs Basilan provincial treasurer

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft charges against the Basilan provincial treasurer for his alleged failure to remit P3.685-million worth of social contributions from employees in 2007.

Mukim Abdulkadil will be indicted for failing to turnover employee remittance to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund).

He faces charges for violations of Sec. 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or “The Anti-Graft and Corrupt practices Act,” Sec. 6(b) of the GSIS Act and Sec. 20 of the Pag-IBIG Fund Law.

According to the Commission on Audit, P3,685,726.12 of the P14,647,151.33 collections in Dec. 31, 2007 had not been remitted since October 2008.

The investigation of the Ombudsman revealed that Abdulkadil failed to present evidence to support his claim that the delay in the remittance of the contributions was due to the peace and order situation in the province.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, in a resolution, said that “no sufficient evidence was presented by respondent to show that the amount was fully remitted.”

“The failure of respondent, being the Provincial Treasurer, to remit the balance of P3,685,726.12 constitutes gross inexcusable negligence, which caused undue injury to the employees of Isabela, Basilan province,” Morales added.

Under Sec. 3(e) of RA 3019, a public officer who causes injury to any party in the discharge of his official functions through gross inexcusable negligence is liable for graft.

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