Revenue collection officer ordered sacked

Posted on January 24, 2011 12:23:20 PM | BREAKING NEWS

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of a revenue collection officer for failure to liquidate cash advances totaling P1.9 million from 2001 to 2005.

In a statement released Monday, the Ombudsman also charged Marilou Relova, revenue collection officer in Palawan, with malversation of public funds.

The P1.9 million worth of accumulated cash advances, originally intended for the procurement of materials for cultural and economic affairs, salaries and wages, traveling expenses and other operating expenses of the local government, was obtained the practice of granting cash advances without the liquidation of previous drawdowns.

The Ombudsman has rejected Ms. Relova’s argument that the cash advances of municipal officers were for “humanitarian reasons” and should not be charged to her account.

It ruled that Ms. Relova’s “justification... did not obliterate the fact that she knowingly acted beyond the scope of her authority."

"Said act of the respondent constitutes grave misconduct as it involves willful intent to violate the law or to disregard established rules," the chief graft-buster said. -- Noemi M. Gonzales