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Department of Agriculture exec faces charges before anti-graft court for false trip tickets

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GOVERNMENT prosecutors are running after an acting director of the agriculture department before the Sandiganbayan for reportedly falsifying trip tickets in 2012 and using government vehicles for private functions.

Specifically, DA Acting Director III Jose Balatucan Jr. was charged with 13 counts of falsification after he was found by Ombudsman investigators that he falsely stated in the trip tickets that he was the Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Research and Development when he no longer is.

At one time, Balatucan and his wife even used the vehicle without authority to go to the Davao International airport.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the “respondent was fully aware that he was no longer the designated RTD when he signed the trip tickets” as “he was already relieved from that designated position.”

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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