CONSOLACION Mayor Teresita Alegado charged three persons with falsification of public documents claiming her signatures were forged in fake land documents.

Named respondents were Engr. Jonathan Ybañez, Abelardo Dahoya, Cynthia Lubon in the complaint filed before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.

“(They) confederated and connived in falsifying my signature,” said Alegado in her affidavit, also saying that the forged signatures appear in subdivision approvals for use or sale of land or subdivision.

As mayor, one of Alegado’s functions is to sign a subdivision approval after this has been verified by the Bureau of Lands.

Fake

The mayor learned that some lot buyers got the fake subdivision approvals from Lubon while others got theirs from Ybañez.

Last October, SPO3 Roy Susvilla of the Consolacion Police Station invited Lubon and Dahoya for a fact-finding inquiry.

Lubon submitted an affidavit then, saying that it was Dahoya who gave her the fake subdivision approvals.

“During the confrontation, I was surprised when I found that the subdivision approval of Arnel Tumongha Jr. under application number 164 was signed by Mayor Teresa Alegado as it was not signed by her,” said Lubon.

Cut short

Lubon said Dahoya admitted to her forging Alegado’s signature to cut short the process.

Municipal Council Secretary Emilio Mangubat Jr. called Alegado’s attention to the forged documents.

Alegado’s staff were able to contact some of the alleged victims of the respondents.

Rachel Ermac, in her affidavit, said she contacted Lubon after buying a lot from Angel Tumungha Jr. in Tayud, Consolacion.

Lubon gave her the subdivision approval.

Ermac’s mother-in-law went to the municipal hall after she noticed the name of Tumungha was misspelled as Arnel Tumongha Jr.

“To my shock and surprise, my mother-in-law informed me that there is no Arnel Tumongha Jr. nor Angel Tumungha Jr. who filed for an application for subdivision before the Sangguniang Bayan of Consolacion,” Ermac’s affidavit read.

Lubon gave them another subdivision approval in the name of Angel Tumungha Jr., but the document was still considered by the Municipal Council as “fake and spurious.” (KAL)