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BCDA official faces charges

AN official of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has been sued for usurpation of authority, as well as for violation of the anti-graft law before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

This developed after lawyer Raymund Palad accused Aileen Anunciacion Zosa of holding the position, and performing the functions of BCDA’s executive vice president “without any legal appointment.”

Zosa was performing functions as alleged “executive vice president” of the BCDA “but the position of the Office of the Executive Vice President has long been abolished sometime in February 2016,” Palad said in the complaint he filed before the PACC on September 10.

Palad said theabolition of Zosa’s supposed office was part of the BCDA Restructuring Plan, which was approved by the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations.

“Despite the abolition of the Office of the Executive Vice President, previously held by Ms. Zosa, she continues to receive annually salaries and benefits amounting to P5 million, and from 2016 to 2016 to the present, the same would amount to roughly P15 million paid by BCDA to Ms. Zosa,” he said.

“Ms. Zosa is therefore liable for Usurpation of Office,” Palad added, referring to Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code.

According to the law, “any person who shall knowingly and falsely represent himself to be an officer, agent or representative of any department or agency of the Philippine government or of any foreign government, or who, under pretense of official position, shall perform any act pertaining to any person in authority or public officer of the Philippine government or any foreign government, or any agency thereof, without being lawfully entitled to do so, shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.”

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