THE Supreme Court (SC) has denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by Mayor Nicanor de Leon of Amulung town in Cagayan and his wife, former Mayor Pacita de Leon, in connection with a graft case involving P18.7 million disbursed from 2000 to 2009.
On June 21, 2016 the court ordered the de Leons were to return the said amount to the treasury of Amulung. On August 10, they filed a motion for reconsideration.
In an En Banc Notice, signed by SC Clerk of Court Felipa Anama, it said: “[T]he Court Resolved to Deny with Finality the said motion for reconsideration as no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned resolution.”
The case was filed by the Ombudsman on April 27, 2015 against the de Leons, Municipal Treasurer Luzviminda Macasio and Municipal Accountant Maria Remudaro after the Commission on Audit (COA) findings on the unlawful disbursements of funds amounting to more than P18 million from 2000 to 2009.
The Ombudsman added that in 2010, COA conducted a special fraud audit and issued several Notices of Disallowance in connection with the unlawful disbursement of said fund.
The audit revealed that Pacita and Nicanor de Leon, during their respective terms as mayor, countersigned a total of 38 checks without disbursement vouchers and other supporting documents.