The ghost employee system at the Quezon City government is not new and its discovery by the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding its probe on the case of Councilor Roderick Paulate and Rep. Francisco Calalay Jr. is apparently just the tip of the iceberg.
Reliable sources that The Manila Times have talked to stressed that the illegal system has been happening long before Mayor Herbert Bautista took office six years ago.
They said a substantial number of elected officials have been employing “ghosts” even when Bautista was the vice mayor from 2001 to 2010.
Ghost employees are non-existing persons who receive monthly salaries as if they are regular employees. The monthly salary usually goes to the public official who maintains the illegal system.
The sources said no investigation was carried out either by Bautista or Vice Mayor Maria Josefina Belmonte.
The COA’s probe against Paulate and Calalay showed that there was sufficient evidence against the two officials concerning ghost employees.
On January 21, the Ombudsman perpetually banned Paulate and Calalay from holding public office.
Pastor Rick Bello, who lost to Paulate in the recent local elections, has filed a petition for qou warranto before the Commission on Election (Comelec). Bello said Paulate has no legal right and moral authority to continue serving as councilor since he obviously violated R.A. 3019.