MANILA, Philippines - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and other Davao officials are facing plunder and malversation raps for allegedly misusing some P2.93 billion in public funds from 2003 to 2006.
In a complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, complainant Pedro Domingo cited various Commission on Audit reports that showed irregularities in Davao City's finances from 2003 to 2006.
Named in the first complaint were Duterte as chairman of the City School Board; co-chairman Gloria Labor; school board members Mabel Acosta, Rodrigo Riola and April Dayap; city budget officer Yolanda C. Tablizo and city accountant Rizalina N. Justol.
The COA reports cited unaccounted city government properties amounting to P291.65 million in 2003, P280.63 million in 2004, P462.79 million in 2005 and a P2.93 billion in 2006.
Domingo said government auditors made repeated demands on the city government to render an accounting of the missing assets, which the respondents refused.
In a separate complaint, Domingo also accused Duterte and other city schoold board officials of unlawful use of Special Education Funds amounting to P11,554,632 which was spent on the program called "Pahalipay ni Mayor" in 2005.
He noted that based on RA 5447 creating the SEF, the funds were supposed to be for exclusive use on extension classes including construction of classrooms, teachers’ compensation and purchase of school materials and equipment. Instead, the money was used on food catering, phone bills and raffle prizes.
Domingo said the respondents should be placed immediately under preventive suspension “to prevent the tampering of documentary evidence on the transactions in question in respondents."