University officials face charges at Ombudsman

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of criminal charges against officials of two universities in Mindanao for malversation in connection with the anomalous disbursement of school funds.

According to the press release posted in the website of the Office of the Ombudsman on Jan 29, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge Rex Dapitan, vice president for finance of the Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), with malversation for disbursing P50,625.00 of school funds under the pretense of attending the “Lakbay Aral.”

The graft court also discovered that the cash advance was used to pay the expenses incurred by Dapitan and other school officials when they attended the wedding of co-employees in Carrascal, Surigao Del Sur in October 2010.

While President Moh. Asady Mandangan Hussin, Assistant Professor IV Berma Salih Omarali, Instructor I Mernalyn Abbas Isa and Associate Professor III Sahajim Hamis Hassan, of the Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College (TTRAC) will face graft and malversation charges for misusing school funds.

Morales also approved the filing of several sets of information against TTRAC executives in connection with the disbursing of P8,623,930 for their own personal use.

Morales said that TTRAC officials failed to present supporting documents for the 21 check issuances.

She added that the state college executives also failed to present proof of compliance with the requirements of Republic Act 9184 on the “Government Procurement Reform Act” for the purported acquisition of office equipment, supplies and construction projects.

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