A CLERK of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) in Alabel, Sarangani who was acting as the designated cashier was recommended charged for allegedly failing to deposit his daily collections between 2010 and 2011.

Facing charges for malversation of public funds is LRA clerk Isagani G. Ladera.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II Quintin J. Pedrido Jr., in a resolution dated May 28, found probable cause to charge Ladera based on the complaints filed by Commission on Audit (COA)-Soccsksargen represented by state auditors Marela B. Tano and Crisostomo O. Pamplona.

In their joint affidavit, Tano and Pamplona said that Ladera who was the acting cashier of the office, had incurred a total of P1,116,622.75 shortage in his cash and accounts.

The cash examination report also revealed that the respondent failed to deposit his entire daily collections from July 7, 2010 to October 5, 2011.

It was also stated that Ladera failed to make up for the shortage despite their demand.

The resolution added that despite the receipt of the joint order, the respondent failed to submit his counter-affidavit. The case was then resolved based on the evidences on record.

The report on cash examination by COA showed that from the period of July 7, 2010 to October 5, 2011, Ladera had a total collection of P4,891,846.40 but he had only deposited P3,775,223.65, resulting in his incurred shortage of P1,116,622.75.

"Despite demand from Tano to restitute the missing funds, respondent failed comply. Thus, the presumption of malversation of public funds is present," the resolution stated.