Pasay court convicts CAAP employee over unliquidated travel expense

MANILA — The Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) has convicted an employee of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) over his unliquidated travel expense.

Pasay City MTC Branch 46 Judge Eduardo Solangon, Jr. sentenced Ephraim Belcina to six months’ imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to violation of Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) or for “failure of accountable officer to render accounts”.

The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) charged Belcina based on a report from the Commission on Audit (COA) showing that he failed to liquidate his cash advance for his travel to Antique in 2010.

Under COA Circular No. 96-004, government employees must liquidate cash advances within 30 days upon completion of travel.

During the arraignment, the accused manifested that he already paid the amount of Php 16,756, which is the amount of the unliquidated cash advance.