The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former mayor Alejandro Gamos of Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon, Municipal Treasurer Virginia Laco and Municipal Accountant Roselyn Gile in connection with cash advances granted to Gamos.
Gamos and Laco are both facing two counts of malversation while Gile faces one count over alleged irregularities in the cash advances and disbursement of funds.
They can still appeal the Ombudsman’s finding of probable cause.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales pointed out the respondents allowed Gamos to obtain subsequent cash advances even when the previous ones granted to him were not yet liquidated, contrary to Commission on Audit (COA) rules and regulations.
Laco and Gile’s acts, the Ombudsman alleged “appear to have been in conspiracy toward the attainment of the purpose of Mayor Gamos in misappropriating public funds.”
COA had conducted a special audit and found 52 cash advances totaling P2.77 million granted to Gamos from August 2004 to October 2007 had no stated purpose.
Based on the audit, the Office of the Ombudsman said, “In 2007, another cash advance with no stated purpose amounting to P400,000 was given to Gamos and from 2005 to 2007, another cash advance totaling P6.45 million was processed by Laco and Gile.”
COA sent demand letters but as of 2008, only P3.24 million was duly liquidated and accounted for.