The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed its recommendation to file multiple graft charges against the former mayor of Sumisip town in Basilan and its treasurer for non-remittance of taxes and social security contributions of its munici- pal employees.
Facing charges are former Mayor Haber Amin Asarul and former municipal treasurer Camlian Borjal, after the anti-graft body has denied their appeal on the recommendation last April.
Asarul and Borjal are specifically accused for 20 counts of violation of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Act of 1997; 19 counts of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-ibig Law; and 23 counts of the National Internal Revenue Code.
The cases stemmed from alleged non-payment or delay in the remittance of taxes on compensation of Sumisip municipal employees, as well as their GSIS and Pag-ibig contributions despite monthly deductions from salaries.
“Based on the investigation, it was found that the municipality failed to remit the GSIS contributions from October 2007 to May 2008, while the contributions for June 2008 to May 2009 were belatedly remitted. Under R.A. No. 8291, employers are enjoined to remit GSIS contributions on or before the 10th day of the ensuing month,” it said.
“As regards the PAG-IBIG contributions, Asarul and Borjal delayed the remittance for the period October 2007 to January 2009, and from March 2009 to May 2009. Under P.D. [Presidential Decree] No. 1752, employers must remit contributions within 15 days from the date the contributions were collected. Remittance of taxes withheld from July 2007 to May 2009 was also delayed,” it added.
In addition to the filing of charges, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales directed the Commission on Audit-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to conduct a special audit on the cash accounts of the municipality of Sumisip from July 2007 to July 2009.