Malversation complaint filed vs Albay Gov. Salceda

By Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 14 2015 04:04 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2015 12:04 AM

Joey denies ghost deliveries of relief goods

MANILA - Five barangay captains from Legazpi City and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) filed before the Office of the Ombudsman a malversation complaint against Albay Governor Joey Salceda over the alleged ghost delivery of relief goods.

According to San Roque barangay captain Julius Del Rosario, they received letters from the Commission on Audit (COA) informing them of relief items, such as sacks of rice and firewood, which they supposedly received when Mayon Volcano erupted in 2009.

Del Rosario said they did not receive the relief items.

According to VACC chairman Martin Dino, the funds which were supposedly used for the relief items came from the Malampaya funds.

Dino said the VACC is helping the barangay captains after they sought the assistance of the anti-crime group.

'MY CONSCIENCE IS CLEAR'

In his Facebook page, Salceda said his conscience is clear and that his records will clear his name.

"I can't be glad that a case has been filed against me, the first ever in my entire political life of 17 yrs and on my last year," Salceda said.

"My conscience is clear and the facts and records will clear me. I assure all Albayanos that I will not allow it to slow down our programs. I have a job to do," he added.

He said he is ready to face the case, maintaining that there was no such ghost delivery of relief goods.

"In times of calamity response, all relief goods have been posted in Philgeps (Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System), procured and inspected in accordance with law and they have been distributed in accordance with the distribution list approved by Apsemo (Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office) and thereafter released by PSWDO (Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office). Thus, there are no such ghost deliveries. If these supposed recipients failed to get their reported allocation, hahanapin namin kung sino ang kumuha at uusigin," the governor said.