RONDA Mayor Mariano Blanco III yesterday lodged an administrative complaint for misconduct against former mayor Esteban Sia and two municipal workers before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas, over an allegedly anomalous disbursement of public funds in 2008.

Blanco asked Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol to conduct an investigation against Sia, Municipal Accountant Genera Kasayan and Cecilia Gabatan, the town’s disbursing officer.

Blanco accused the three of violating Section 3 of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations in connection with the official duties…”

Sun.Star Cebu tried but failed to get Sia’s reaction. His mobile phone was turned off.

In his complaint-affidavit, Blanco, the former Ronda vice mayor, said he discovered early last year his supposed

unliquidated cash advance.

When he checked at the town’s accounting office, Blanco found out that a check worth P18,000 and dated Dec. 4, 2008 was issued, with his name as the payee.

It was for the registration fee for the “continuing legislative education program” and the “annual fellowship program and Christmas party.”

“This expense is alarming, considering that, as I indicated in the voucher, I did not receive such check. Also, I did not authorize anybody to receive the check for me. Yet for unknown reasons, the check was released to someone,” Blanco said in his complaint-affidavit.

Blanco said he never requested for any cash advance for the two items, so he was surprised when the money was issued for such programs.

The disbursement has not been liquidated.

“There is a clear misconduct on the part of these persons, considering they acted in bad faith for the release of the money from the municipality in my behalf,” said Blanco.