• Cagayan mayor faces raps over P18.7-M outlays

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    Mayor Nicanor de Leon of Amulung, Cagayan, former mayor Pacita de Leon, Municipal Treasurer Luzviminda Macasio and Municipal Accountant Maria Remudaro are facing graft and malversation charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the allegedly unlawful disbursements totalling P18.7 million from 2000 to 2009.

    The case stemmed from an annual audit report released by the Commission on Audit (COA) in December 2008, which stated the municipality’s accounts in the financial statements were unreliable and inaccurate, because of failure to maintain ledgers and that several funds remain unaccounted for.

    In 2010, COA found upon a special fraud audit that Pacita and Nicanor de Leon countersigned a total of 38 checks without disbursement vouchers and other documents to support the disbursements during their respective terms as mayor.

    The office alleged Nicanor de Leon approved and facilitated the release of 29 checks totalling P16.34 million from 2000 to 2007.

    Pacita de Leon allegedly signed nine checks totalling P2.38 million from 2007 to 2009.

    “On the other hand, Remudaro made it appear that the checks were disbursed for valid purposes,” the COA said.

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