Maguindanao accountant sentenced for not remitting GSIS dues

MANILA -- An accountant in the town of Paglat in Maguindanao will be jailed for a year for refusing and delaying the remittance of contributions of municipal employees to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

In a 12-page decision by Associate Justice Alex Quiroz of the Sandiganbayan Third Division, the court said Monawara Kiga must also pay a fine of P10,000 and is now disqualified from holding public office and from practicing any profession or calling licensed by the government.

Kiga's conviction came after then Paglat Sangguniang Kabataan president Datu Luminog Salendab charged her, along with then mayor Datu Conte Tampungan Mangelen and acting municipal treasurer Salem Bagumbayan for delaying the remittance of GSIS contributions worth P437,601.43 by more than 30 days.

The decision stated that neither party contested that the GSIS premiums of the municipality were not remitted on time, adding that "the accused Kiga did not recant her admission nor argue it was made through palpable mistake."

Mangelen's case was dismissed because he already died in 2006 while Bagumbayan remains at large.

The case was ordered archived without prejudice to continuation of trial upon his arrest or voluntary surrender. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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