Plaint filed vs chief

FOUR employees filed complaints against the director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) 7 before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for allegedly using her service vehicle for unofficial trips, claiming reimbursement for faked taxi fare, and making up trip tickets.

The complainants led by Romyl Cabillo charged Owwa 7 Director Wilfreda Lepiten-Misterio with administrative and criminal complaints in relation to violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

They didn’t say what provision under RA 3019 Misterio violated.

Cabillo, Owwa’s former supply officer, said they filed the complaint in 2013 and they are still waiting for the Ombudsman’s decision.

Last December, they emailed a letter to the anti-graft office’s Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Office (Pacpo) Director Carla Juris Narvios, asking her on the status on their complaint.

Misterio said she has not received any complaint and will answer it if there is one.

Misterio referred Sun.Star Cebu to her sister-lawyer, Magdalena Lepiten, but calls to the latter’s phone went unanswered.

In his affidavit, Cabillo accused Misterio of not using the daily time record (DTR), making it appear that she had no absences.

“Per information that I got from Civil Service Commission (CSC), only directors that were appointed by the President of the Philippines (are) exempted from using DTR. But Director Misterio is not appointed by the President,” he said.

The official’s family, he added, stayed in Owwa during office hours, using the computers to access the Internet.

Cabillo alleged that his boss claimed reimbursements for meals she spent for official meetings, but “in reality those expenses were for the meals shared with her family members.”

Misterio also bought iPod earphone and cable, but these gadgets were reportedly used by her family.

Cabillo said Misterio often brought her family in other work-related activities so they can avail of the meals.

For Owwa driver Rondell Nolido, he said in his affidavit that Misterio told him to bring some office supplies to her house without Cabillo’s knowledge and requisition slip.

Janitress Edeliza Albo was also brought by Nolido to Misterio’s residence to do household chores, he added.
Nolido said he often fetched Misterio from her residence in a village in Barangay Basak, Cebu City around 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and brought her to the office.

There were times also that Nolido would bring Misterio back to her home or drive her anywhere in Cebu City after office work.

The official allegedly instructed Nolido to declare in the trip tickets that he was going out of office to deliver documents, but in
truth he was ferrying Misterio or a member of her family.

He said Misterio told him to get her daughter from school and her husband in IT Park. 

Misterio allegedly made up the mileage of her travels in the trip tickets “to cover up the usage of the gas or travels that I had having her as my passenger.”

On Nov. 20, 2012, Nolido fetched Misterio from Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-lapu City and brought her toward her home “in the guise of delivering a document.”
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