Ombudsman indicts ex-mayor for fraud

by Shelton on August 24th, 2014

filed under Cash Advances

The Ombudsman has indicted a former mayor Edgar Fumar of Caluba, Biliran for fraud for failure to liquidate cash advances of more than P230,000, court officials said on Friday.

The Ombudsman, in a resolution, said Fumar ignored demands in 20006 and 2008 by the Commission on Audit to liquidate the advances he incurred as mayor.

There is probable cause to indict Fumar in view of his temerity and utter disregard of the laws and rules on accountability and proper use of public funds, the Ombudsman resolution said.

In Lapu-lapu City in Cebu, Mayor Paz Radaza posted bail of P140,000 to pre-empt a warrant of arrest on graft charges in connection with the P15 million pork barrel funds intended for the Girl Scouts.

Radaza said she was surprised at being named of the of the respondents in the case, which involved the pork barrel funds of former Cebu Rep. Clavel Asas-Martinez intended for the Girl Scouts anti-drug campaign.

Since 2002 I have never received any communication or summon from the Ombudsman about the case. I thought I was not part of that case, Radaza said.

Radaza, who was former treasurer of the Girl Scouts Cebu City chapter, denied she pocketed a single centavo from the pork barrel funds of Asas-Martinez, who was the chapter president.

She said, as treasure, she signed documents, which were signed by the president and brought to her office.

Charged with Radaza and Asas-Martinez were former Bogo City mayor Celestino Martinez III, former Bogo municipal treasurer Rhett Rodriguez and municipal accountant Cresencio Verdida.