Ex-PCIC chair convicted for tampering with meal receipts

May 21, 2013 10:12 pm 

MANILA, May 21 — The Office of the Ombudsman has secured the conviction of a former board chairman of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. after the Sandiganbayan ruled he falsified three official meal receipts in 2000.

In an 18–page joint ruling written by Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires and concurred in by Associate Justices Francisco H. Villaruz, Jr. and Alex L. Quiroz, the Sandiganbayan's Third Division found Raul Q. Montemayor guilty of three counts of falsification of public document.

Montemayor was sentenced to suffer the indeterminate penalty of imprisonment ranging from six months of arresto mayor as minimum to two years, four months and one day of prision correccional as maximum for each of the three counts and ordered to pay a total fine of P9,000.

The Ombudsman indicted Montemayor in 2003 based on a report by the Commission on Audit after he falsified three official receipts to make it appear he spent more than he actually did.

The former official dined in three restaurants for official meetings in May, June, and July 2000.

Montemayor made it appear he incurred the amount of P6,958 for meal expenses on May 7, 2000 at Tatoy's Sea Food Restaurant, Iloilo City when in fact he paid only P958.

State auditors found out Montemayor made it appear he paid P7,446.50 to Saisaki Japanese Restaurant in Quezon City for meal expenses on May 26, 2000 when, in truth, his actual expenditures was only P1,446.50.

It was also discovered he also claimed for reimbursement the amount of P1,852.50 for meal expenses on June 30, 2000 at Whistle Stop Restaurant in Makati City though he fully knew that he only spent P852.50 for the said meal.

From the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, the Sandiganbayan said "it has been established that the amounts written in the subject receipts attached to the certifications submitted by the accused Montemayor were altered."

"Doubtless, the acts of the accused in submitting falsified receipts are strong indications that he participated in the falsification of said receipts," it said.

However, the Sandiganbayan considered as mitigating circumstances Montemayor's voluntary surrender as well as his payment of the disallowed amounts immediately upon receipt of the Notices of Disallowance which reflected his good faith and his intent to immediately rectify the wrong done. (PNA)

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