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A Philippine court sends to jail a former hospital cashier for stealing

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A MANILA Regional Trial Court sentenced a former cashier to 52 years of imprisonment after she was found guilty of stealing close to P1 million (about US $21,700) from the Philippine General Hospital, the country’s premier hospital catering mainly to poor Filipinos.

Adelaine Bacor was convicted after she was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of three counts of malversation of public funds, three counts of falsification of public documents and one count of graft.

For each count of malversation, Bacor received a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison; a maximum of nine years for each count of falsification and eight years for graft. The court also ordered her to pay a fine of P96,329 (about US $2,094) and was barred from reentering government service.

Ombudsman prosecutors said they were able to prove that as cash clerk, Bacor made it appear that from July to December 2005, she collected only P21,778.50 when the total cash collections amounted to P883,047.60.

Upon audit, the prosecutors added, it was found that Bacor did not remit payments by 44 cardiac catheterization laboratory patients and that she misdeclared the true names of patients and procedures done.

According to the court, Bacor denied the charges. However, it noted, she presented “a very superficial explanation that the discrepancies could be brought about by some errors.”

 The court, said it “finds that the prosecution has satisfactorily proved all the elements of the crime.”

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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