Ombud clears LTO 7 cashier of admin raps

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


A CASHIER at the Land Transportation (LTO) extension office in Talisay City has escaped administrative liability for allegedly failing to submit documents related to a complaint he was facing.

The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas dismissed for lack of evidence the complaint for violation of Article 216 of the Revised Penal Code and Government Auditing Code of the Philippines against Epitacio Cabrillos, Jr.

“There is no evidence showing that Cabrillos received an amount for which he was duty-bound to account and failed to do so,” said Llorene Grace Razo-Ompod, graft investigation and prosecution officer, in her resolution.

The ombudsman has suspended Cabrillos for nine months and one day without pay for gross insubordination.

No accounting

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Bernardo Borromeo, Jr., who accused Cabrillos of grave misconduct and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees last June 17, 2013.

Borromeo also accused Cabrillos of incurring a fund discrepancy amounting to P7,000.

Cabrillos reportedly failed to submit financial reports since February 2012.

The LTO Talisay City extension office directed Cabrillos to submit a report to the finance department to review his collections, but he failed to comply with the directive. The LTO-7 Finance Division also directed Cabrillos to clarify the fund discrepancies by submitting his financial reports, but he still failed to submit one.

Cabrillos reportedly stopped reporting for work starting March 12, 2013.

Due to his “arrogant and unlawful conduct” and his failure to submit financial reports, the LTO 7 chief suspended payment for Cabrillos’s salaries.

No pay

Even Borromeo’s salaries were suspended despite his “earnest efforts” to compel Cabrillos to submit his financial report.

The ombudsman also directed Cabrillos to submit his counter-affidavit, but he still failed to comply with the order, prompting the anti-graft office to hold Cabrillos administratively liable for gross insubordination.

In the resolution, Ompod said there was no evidence that Cabrillos received the amount he was obliged to report.

“It was not even clear as to what particular fund he should account for,” the anti-graft office noted.

Instead of declaring Cabrillos liable of failure to render accounts, Ompod said Cabrillos is liable for failing to obey his superiors.

“At most, the liability of (Cabrillos) is administrative, not criminal in nature,” Ompod said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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