Ombudsman axes former Bohol mayor

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THE Office of the Ombudsman has found former Municipal Mayor Apolinaria Balistoy of Cortes, Bohol administratively liable in connection with the use of allegedly falsified and dubious official receipts (ORs) and certificates of attendance to secure reimbursement of expenses for trainings in 2010. The Ombudsman found Balistoy guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and falsification of official document and ordered her dismissal, which penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to one year salary in case the respondent is no longer in the service. “Investigation disclosed that Balistoy defrauded the government by obtaining fraudulent certificates of attendance for four training modules from May to October 2010. These certificates were used to obtain reimbursements for travel and training expenses totaling P155,789.00,” the Ombudsman said in a statement issued on Wednesday. The Ombudsman said that its field investigators showed documents that Balistoy attended meetings in the provinces instead of trainings in Metro Manila.

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