THE Office of the Ombudsman said it has found sufficient grounds to file charges before the Sandiganbayan against Josefina dela Cruz, Postmaster General of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC or PhilPost) for alleged failure to remit loan amortizations of an employee to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Dela Cruz, along with Bernardito Gonzales and Arlene Bendanillo of PPC Zamboanga City, were ordered indicted for 15 counts of violation of Republic Act 8291 or the GSIS Act of 1997.
The charges stemmed from a complaint of PPC employee Santos Pamatong Jr., who narrated that the respondents failed to remit his loan amortizations to the GSIS from October 2011 to December 2012.
In her defense, dela Cruz sai “due to insufficiency of funds, the PPC prioritized the net take-home pay of employees and operating costs, over the remittance to the GSIS of premiums and loan amortizations.”
The Ombudsman, however, held in its resolution that “Dela Cruz has not presented any evidence that would support her allegation that the PPC lacked the funds to be able to remit to the GSIS complainant’s loan amortizations.”
Section 52 of the GSIS Act of 1997 provides that heads of the national government and the personnel of such office involved in the collection of premium contributions, loan amortizations and other accounts due to the GSIS who shall fail, refuse or delay payment to the GSIS within 30 days from the time it is due and demandable face one to five years’ imprisonment and a fine upon conviction by final judgment.
Under the rules, the respondents have the opportunity to ask the Ombudsman to reconsider its ruling by filing a motion for such purpose.