THE Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to file malversation charges against former Governor Antonio Calingin of Misamis Oriental over an unliquidated cash advance of P500,000.
Based on a complaint filed before the Sandiganbayan, the Ombudsman said Calingin allegedly failed to liquidate the cash advance used to register the Misamis Oriental Telephone System Inc. (Misortel) in June 2002.
Also facing charges malversation of public funds is former Misortel manager Jusie Roxas who supposedly conspired with Calingin.
“Calingin admitted that he directed respondent Roxas to secure the cash advance of P500,000.00 and that he personally received the amount,” the Ombudsman stated in its Resolution.
The Ombudsman added that the former governor was not able to show proof of liquidation.
In 2014, the Sandiganbayan’s Second Division has found Calingin guilty beyond reasonable doubt for malversation of public properties in connection with the missing spare parts and accessories of two government vehicles assigned to the Office of the Provincial Governor.
The court sentenced him to 10 up to 18 years imprisonment, plus perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
Calingin, who served as governor for two terms from July 1998 until July 2004, was also ordered to pay a fine of P2,082,385 and indemnify the Province of Misamis Oriental equivalent to the fine.