LAOAG CITY -— Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Tuesday passed another resolution reiterating its earlier request to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to conduct its own investigation on the absconding of Laoag treasurer Elena Asuncion and the loss of more or less Php85.4-million city government funds.
The resolution was sponsored by 11 members of the provincial board. One, board member Ma. Cristina Fariñas, was absent during the passage of said resolution.
Lawyer board member Vicentito Lazo said “there is a need to reiterate to the Office of the Ombudsman in order to finally move the wheels of justice to turn” and assure all Laoag taxpayers that there was no “whitewash” that happened on the case of the missing funds.
On August 6, 2016, a letter was sent to the Office of the Ombudsman requesting to investigate the multi-million-peso missing funds of Laoag but up to this time, there is no release of official report yet.
“One year has lapsed since the Laoag treasurer was last seen on Independence Day. It’s ironic that while we celebrated Independence Day, four Capitol department heads and two cashiers are also detained at the House despite a release order from the Court of Appeals,” Lazo said, referring to the ongoing hearing of the alleged misuse of tobacco funds by the provincial government.
According to Lazo, said resolution is also to supplement earlier findings of the National Bureau of Investigation as it came out with its own findings on the Laoag missing funds, charging Asuncion with plunder.
And for failing to counter-check the existence of time deposit accounts under their custody and disposal, the NBI also recommended that resident city auditors of the Commission on Audit, City Accountant or those from the Cashier Division also be administratively sanctioned. LGA/PNA-northboundasia.com