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Philippine Ombudsman set to file charges against postmaster general

Ombudsman_of_the_Philippines_sealTHE Office of the Ombudsman of the Philippines is set to indict the Philippines Postmaster General Josefina Dela Cruz and two of her subordinates after finding 15 probable causes against them for alleged violation of Republic Act No. 8291 (GSIS Act of 1997).

In a statement, the Ombudsman disclosed that complainant Santos Pamatong, Jr., a Philippine Postal Corporation employee, claimed that Dela Cruz and the other respondents failed to remit his loan amortizations to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the period October 2011 to December 2012.

As defense, Dela Cruz alleged that “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.”

However, in its resolution, the Ombudsman ruled “Dela Cruz has not presented any evidence that would support her allegations that the PPC lacked the funds to be able to remit to the GSIS complainant’s loan amortizations.” Aside from Dela Cruz also to be indicted are Bernardito Gonzales and Arlene Bendanillo of PPC Zamboanga City office. 

Under Section 52 of the GSIS Act, 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 the payment, turnover, remittance or delivery to the GSIS within 30 days from the time it is due and demandable shall, upon conviction by final judgment, suffer the penalties of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five years and a fine.

 

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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