Actor-councilor Roderick Paulate charged with graft, falsification

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 25 2018 12:03 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2018 03:42 PM

MANILA - The Ombudsman on Wednesday filed graft and falsification charges against actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate for allegedly hiring ghost employees in 2010.

Paulate, who serves in the city's second district, allegedly took advantage of his public position and falsified the payroll for “fictitious job contractors” covering the period of July to November by causing it to appear that 30 persons received their pay.

Paulate is facing one count of graft, one count of falsification by a public officer and eight counts of falsification of public documents.

His liaison officer and driver, Vicente Bajamunde, was also slapped with one count of graft and eight counts of falsification of public documents for conspiring with Paulate.

Paulate supposedly recommended to the Office of the Vice Mayor the hiring of 30 individuals for contractual employment.

The Ombudsman said the two caused “undue injury to the Quezon City government in the total amount of P1,109,000,” within the 5 months.

According to the Ombudsman, the two made it appear that the ghost employees rendered service and received their salaries “when in truth and in fact, they did not participate in the said acts.”

Salaries of the ghost employees were supposedly collected by Bajamunde after presenting authorization letters signed by Paulate. 

The Ombudsman recommended a total bail bond of P246,000 for Paulate and a total of P30,000 for Bajamunde.

Paulate was previously dismissed as councilor after being found guilty for various anomalies, including falsification of official documents, serious dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and grave misconduct for allegedly hiring ghost employees.