BY padding P13,000 on cash vouchers, a former chairman of a government-owned and-controlled corporation was slapped a maximum of six years in jail—at the end of a trial that lasted 12 years.
In an 18-page decision of the Sandiganbayan Third Division, the antigraft court magistrates ordered Raul Montemayor, former chairman of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., sent behind bars for falsifying three voucher where he added P1,000 to P6,000 in the total amount spent for meal.
Records show that as chairman of the board of director, Montemayor is entitled to receive a reimbursable extraordinary expense of up to P15,000.
The Commission on Audit allows a reimbursable officer two ways of claiming the reimbursement: by submitting receipts showing the officer’s out-of-pocket expense or by forwarding a certification which the official executed that the expense sought to be reimbursed have been incurred.
In Montemayor’s case, he went for the first option when he attached receipts from three restaurants, amounts of which were tampered.
Montemayor attached a receipt from Tatoy’s Sea Food Restaurant worth P6,958, when the real expense is only P6,000 less. Another receipt came from Saisaki Japanese Restaurant had a meal expense of P7,446.50—true expense was only P1,446.50.
Lastly, he submitted a sales invoice from Whistle Stop Restaurant worth P1,852.50. The original price is P1,000 less.
John Constantine G. Cordon