Leyte town councilors face estafa complaint


ALBUERA, Leyte: All members of the Municipal Council of Albuera, including the council secretary, are facing estafa charges before the Office of the Ombudsman after a retired police officer filed a complaint against them.

A certain Alfredo Bucabuca, a resident of Barangay Tinag-an filed a complaint of estafa through falsification of public documents, dishonesty and grave misconduct for alleged willful, intentional and malicious conspiracy to defraud the government of the Philippines by misappropriating government funds using fake Philippine Councilors League original (PCL) receipt.

The complainant also alleged that they falsified their certificate of appearance to make it appear that they attended the seminars of the PCL convention even if they did not.

Named as respondents, all members of the Liberal Party, are Councilor Sergio Batistis, Jr., former municipal agriculturist Nelson Pepito; Rodanimod Cayanong, Arcelito Velarde, Atanacio Barte, Antonio Salinas, Buen Cornelius Zaldivar and Catalina Tolero and Council Secretary Wilfredo Andrade.

The retired police officer also mentioned in his complaint that his evidence was based on PCL records and findings of the Commission on Audit (COA).

Batistis has been arrested in an entrapment operation in Davao City during the last PCL convention for allegedly selling fake receipts and certificates of appearance.

The Manila Times tried to get a statement from the town officials but was told that an official statement will be issued to the media.


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