Ex-town councilor fined for delayed settlement of cash advances

A FORMER councilor of Medellin town, Cebu was ordered to pay a fine of P6,000 for his delayed settlement of his cash advances amounting to P20,300 in 2008.

The Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Medellin-Daanbantayan-San Remigio convicted Dioscoro Suan, the former town councilor, of violating Art. 218 of the Revised Penal Code (failure to render accounts).

Suan’s conviction came after he entered the guilty plea during his arraignment. The case stemmed from Suan’s failure to properly liquidate his cash advance of P20,300.

The money was released to him in 2008 when he attended the Philippine Councilors’ League 7th National Congress in Manila from March 28 to 30.

Suan settled P14,300, while the balance of P6,000 was liquidated only on Oct. 26, 2015.

Under Sec. 89 of Presidential Decree 1445 (Government Auditing Code of the Philippines), a cash advance shall be reported on and liquidated as soon as the purpose for which it was given has been served.

On the other hand, Section 5.1.3 of the Commission on Audit Circular 97-002 requires the accountable officer to settle his cash advance within 30 days after return to his office.

Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code penalizes a public officer who is required by law or regulation to render an account of public funds or property received and fails to do so within two months after such account should have been rendered. (GMD)
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