Ombudsman secures conviction of ex-QC post office employee for graft

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has secured the conviction of Ma. Cristina Orario, the former cashier of the Quezon City central post office.

This was after the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 216 found Orario guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”.

She was ordered imprisoned for six years to seven years and was also ordered to indemnify the amount of PHP123,720.

Likewise, Orario was also perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

Ombudsman prosecutors presented documents showing that Orario had a cash shortage of PHP122,189.29 stemming from her acceptance of a personal check of PHP200,000 representing payment for postage stamps.

However, the check was not honored due to closure of the account.

In a nine-page ruling, Quezon City RTC Branch 216 Presiding Judge Alfonso Ruiz II said that accused Orario failed to exercise caution and prudence when she accepted the check as payment for postage stamps without verifying and confirming its authenticity.

Ruiz added that through gross inexcusable negligence, she violated Philippine Postal Corporation Memorandum Circulars which prohibit encashment and accommodation of private checks. PNA/