MANILA, Philippines – A former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) member has been charged for graft and corruption before the Sandiganbayan over cash advances she made 13 years ago.
Zorayda Abbas Tamano was accused of pocketing public funds entrusted to her, court records show.
Tamano was indicted on Thursday for malversation of public funds and violation of Section 89 of Presidential Decree No. 1445, which penalizes failure to liquidate cash advances, according to graft investigator and prosecutor Moreno Generoso.
Tamano allegedly drew cash advances covered by disbursement vouchers 101-97-06-502, 104-97-08-750, and 101-97-1001-990 between June and October 1997 amounting to P301,898.56, Generoso said.
Demand letters were sent to Tamano upon lapse of the required period for turnover of liquidation.
She allegedly failed to submit documentation for her expenses.
Generoso said Tamano's failure to produce the money entrusted to her is sufficient basis to indict her for “misappropriating and converting” the said amount to her personal use.
Violation of PD 1445 does not require a bail bond, but for the malversation case, Generoso recommended that the Sandiganbayan set Tamano's bail at P50,000.
Both cases landed with the anti-graft court's 1st Division after the raffle of cases last Friday.