MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal and administrative charges against actor and incumbent Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate and another colleague, Francisco Calalay Jr., for allegedly maintaining “ghost employees” in the payroll of the local government.
Charges of Malversation of Public Funds through Falsification of Public Documents, Violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 and administrative charges for Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty and Falsification of Official Documents have been filed against the two, as well as their respective liaison officers Flordeliza A. Alvarez and Vicente E. Bajamunde.
In a statement issued by the media bureau of the Ombudsman, Director Edgardo Diansuy said pieces of evidence gathered showed both maintained “job order personnel” under their respective offices.
An investigation from the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office showed that these job orders were supposedly fictitious.
The investigation was hinged on the complaint filed by Jimmy Lee Davis, a “QC insider”.
The ghost employees supposedly received monthly wages ranging from P2,500.00 to P5,000.00.
The investigation further showed the “personnel” do not have birth records from the National Statistics Office, are not registered voters of Quezon City, have secured NBI clearances, and are not known in the respective barangays where they allegedly reside or the indicated Barangay-addresses where they purportedly reside do not exist.
For the period January to November 2010, Calalay allegedly maintained a total of 29 ghost employees, while Paulate maintained 30 for the period July 2010 to November 2010.
Calalay supposedly disbursed a total of P2,175,000 while Paulate disbursed P1,125,000.