The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the indictment of four officials of the Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College (TRAC) involved in the 2006 to 2008 illegal disbursement of public funds amounting to P8.6 million.
Now facing 21 counts of malversation and 21 counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act is TRAC President Asady Hussin.
Also included in the graft and malversation charges are professors Berma Omarali (13 counts), Mernalyn Isa (seven counts) and Sahajim Hassan (one count each).
Investigators from the Ombudsman found that all the 21 checks totaling to P8,623,930 were all converted to cash by the respondents who claimed that it was used to pay contractors and suppliers.
The respondents claimed that the funds were used for procurement of computer units, agricultural inputs and improvements, classroom renovation, and payment of salaries.
“The basic requirements in disbursement of public funds were note complied with because not one of the checks was issued under a valid disbursement voucher duly supported with purchase request, purchase order or contract, delivery receipt, and inspection and acceptance report,” the Ombudsman stated.
It added there is malversation of public funds when a public officer, by reason of the duties of his office, is accountable for public funds or property, has appropriated tor misappropriated the same or took or shall consent or permit, through abandonment or negligence, any other person to take such public funds, or property, wholly or partially.
Meantime, Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, prohibits public officials from causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.