The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has sentenced former Camarines Norte governor Jesus Typoco Jr. from two to eight years imprisonment after he was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of falsification of public documents.
The case stemmed from the alleged falsification of a purchase order (PO) involving the purchase of various medicines in 2005. The original date of the PO was changed from April 21, 2005 to May 20, 2005 to conceal that an order was made with a supplier prior to the conduct of a public bidding on May 18, 2005 based on the charge sheet.
“Undoubtedly, this alteration or change in the original date of the subject PO constitutes falsification of official document because it affected not only its veracity but it also changed the time when it was prepared and approved to make the document speak something false, i.e., that said PO was approved on “5-20-05” by accused Jesus O. Typoco, Jr. with Cabrera Drugstore and Medical Supplies and after a public bidding was conducted on May 18, 2005, when in truth and fact the PO in question was already approved on April 21, 2005 without any public bidding. Hence, the crime of falsification of document by a public official under paragraphs 5 and 6 of the Revised Penal Code has been sufficiently established to sustain a verdict of conviction,” the court said in part in a 30-page Decision.
Also found guilty was Noel Reyes, a former officer-in-charge of the General Services Office (GSO). The court acquitted co-accused Aida Pandeagua who admitted that she made the alteration upon Reyes’ instruction.