2 ex-officials sued for not liquidating P241K travel baon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2014 08:07 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2014 04:07 AM

MANILA - Two former top officials of the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC), an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), were charged before the Sandiganbayan for failing to liquidate their travel expenses in 2006.

In a statement on Friday, the Office of the Ombudsman said former PADC President Roberto Navida and former PADC Department Manager Antonio violated Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code.

The Ombudsman said Navida and Suba attended the 4th International Aircraft Conversion and Maintenance Conference in Beijing, China on October 10 to 14 in 2006 with cash advances amounting to P241,478.68 issued by PADC.

It said the two officials failed to liquidate the cash advances that they received immediately after their return to the Philippines.

This was despite repeated notices from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the liquidation and submission of supporting documents such as Authority to Travel and Itinerary of Travel.

Section 16 of Executive Order No. 298 and COA Circular No. 96-004 require accountable officials to liquidate cash advances.

Meanwhile, the criminal charge for malversation was dismissed for lack of probable cause while the charge for violation of Presidential Decree No. 1445 or the Philippine Government Auditing Code was dismissed on the ground of prescription.

The criminal charges against former PADC officials Richard Lazaro, Corazon Aguinaldo, and Rolando Broas were dismissed for lack of probable cause.