QC councilor faces legal woes

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A newly elected Quezon City councilor and erstwhile barangay head of Novaliches is now in trouble after three of his former councilors slapped him with graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for pocketing barangay funds amounting to over P170,000.

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At the weekly Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt, Teresita Bognot one of the three Novaliches Proper kagawad who filed the charges against former barangay chieftain now Councilor Jose Visaya (district five), told media that Visaya and his wife Asuncion who succeeded him, connived with their barangay treasurer Elizabeth Galicia in withdrawing the said amount without the required barangay resolution.

Bognot said the supposed amount was only P27,500 alloted as first tranche of funds for 50 percent of “cash gifts” for barangay officials on June 24, 2013 through a resolution signed by all kagawad and Asuncion who succeeded their barangay chieftain when Visaya won as councilor in the May 2013 elections.

Four days later after the cash gift distribution, or on June 28, another barangay special session was called presided by Asuncion who said Visaya will be joining their meeting.

It was in that session that Bognot noticed a disbursement check dated June 17 amounting to P170,520 with Galicia as the payee prompting Bognot to inquire why the funds were disbursed without a barangay resolution.

Bognot added that she later learned that the amount was withdrawn on June 21, relayed to her by kagawad Yolanda Serrano. Serrano told her that Visaya had given P15,502 and that the check for the cash gift amounting to P27,500 has been altered to P170,520 representing the 50 percent of their Christmas bonus.

Jing Villamente

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