THE Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has indicted San Sebastian, Samar Mayor Arnold Abalos and two others for the P7 million in delayed and unremitted Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) premiums from 2008 to 2012.
This developed after the OMB found that the Municipality of San Sebastian has been having this problem for the last 40 months.
Abalos, Municipal Treasurer Virginia Uy and Municipal Accountant Pepita Mabini face 40 counts of violation of the GSIS Act of 1997 (Republic Act 8291).
In a 14-page resolution signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the OMB found sufficient evidence to charge the accused, concluding that the respondents repeatedly failed to remit the GSIS premiums on time when they were due and demandable.
Based on the GSIS statement of account issued on May 31, 2012, the municipality did not remit GSIS premiums for April 2008 to December 2009, May to September 2010, February to July 2011, September to December 2011, and January to April 2012.
These corresponded to arrears amounting to P6.78 million. The GSIS collection notice dated August 17, 2012 indicated that San Sebastian has outstanding payables amounting to P7.63 million, the OMB said.
Republic Act No. 8291 punishes employers who fail to include the payment of contributions in their annual appropriations or otherwise fail to remit or delay the exact amount of monthly contributions.
Meanwhile, the OMB dismissed the malversation complaint for lack of evidence and the complaint against Municipal Revenue Collection Clerk/Liaison Officer Jesielz Babon for lack of probable cause.