4 gov’t execs face dismissal for graft

By Jocelyn Uy
Last updated 05:39am (Mla time) 07/10/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Four government officials were ordered dismissed Monday by the Office of the Ombudsman for violating the anti-graft law.


The anti-graft body identified them as Insp. Joel Candelario of the Bureau of Immigration; Leovigildo de los Reyes Jr. and Elizabeth Driz, division chief and computer programmer respectively, of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Evelyn Ancheta, a revenue collection officer in Tabuk town, Kalinga province.


According to case records, Candelario was caught receiving a bribe of P20,000 during an entrapment operation conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation.


The operation stemmed from a complaint filed by Roy Rarang alleging that Candelario had demanded P20,000, in addition to the P104,000 he had paid earlier for the speedy processing of a friend’s permanent visa.


The visa which Candelario facilitated later turned out to be fake and his friend’s name was not recorded in the immigration bureau’s official list, Rarang’s complaint said.


On the other hand, the two employees of the PCSO On-Line Division were dismissed for allegedly failing to remit lotto sale proceeds worth more than P380,000 from May 21 to June 3, 2001.


A complaint lodged by the PCSO said Driz was responsible for remitting the daily sales of the lotto outlet, while De los Reyes was in charge of ensuring that the money was promptly deposited in the bank.


A Commission on Audit report said the missing proceeds were not immediately turned over to the bank.


In their counter-affidavit, De los Reyes and Driz denied the charges. But the anti-graft body rejected their claims, stating that there was sufficient cause to believe that they had connived with each other to appropriate the missing funds.


At the same time, the Ombudsman also found revenue collection officer Ancheta guilty of misappropriating public funds worth more than P260,000 based on a complaint filed by the Commission on Audit.


The COA said that despite repeated demands, Ancheta failed to liquidate the missing amount or submit her counter-affidavit.

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