Ex-collector faces raps before ombud

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Friday, July 11, 2014

A FORMER collector of the Tabunok Public Market in Talisay City was charged with malversation of public funds through falsification of public document before the anti-graft office for allegedly stealing more than P2 million in rental fees.

Prosecution Bureau Director Gaudioso Melendez found enough evidence to indict Libertad Juban for violation Article 127 of the Revised Penal Code.

Bail was set at P40,000.


Juban, who resigned in July, 2009, failed to submit her counter-affidavit.

Receipt tampering

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by state auditors, who said Juban tampered with 620 official receipts from 2007 to 2009.

She allegedly changed the payer’s names and the amounts paid, auditors said in a joint-affidavit. As a result, an aggregate amount of P2,266,392.76 was not remitted to the Talisay City Treasurer’s Office.

Talisay City audit team leader Melba Macapobre had requested the state auditors to conduct an investigation.

“By reason of her (Juban’s) position, she is accountable for the said amount. And by the taking advantage of her position, she falsified official receipts by changing the payers’ names and/or the amounts paid in the official receipts. Through such scheme or modus operandi, she appropriated, took and converted the public funds for personal use. And her plight is an (indication) of guilt of embezzling,” said Melendez in his resolution.

‘Inadequate system’

The state auditors, he said, found that the Talisay City Government then had an “inadequate internal control system in the collection of stall rentals at Tabunok Public Market... respondent (Juban) was the one collecting and recording the payments.”

They also reported that several official receipts (OR) appeared falsified, and discrepancies were apparent on the OR numbers and other documents.

The ombudsman ordered Juban dismissed from service, but since she had already resigned, the penalty of dismissal was converted into a fine equivalent to her one-year salary, which will be paid to the ombudsman.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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