Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sandiganbayan suspends Sorsogon mayor for alleged malversation

SORSOGON CITY 12/3/16 (Bicol Standard) — Sta. Magdalena Municipal Mayor Alejandro Gamos was meted a 90-day suspension without pay by the 4th Division of the Sandiganbayan for alleged Malversation of Public Funds for his failure to liquidate cash advances drawn from 2004-2007.

Mayor Alejandro Gamos
Photo: PIA
A special audit done by the Commission on Audit revealed that a total of 52 cash advances with no stated purpose amounting to P8.207M was received by Gamos from 2004 to 2007.

As of 2008, P2,770,589.60 remained unaccounted for.

In January 2007, Gamos took out another cash advance amounting to P400,000 which remains unliquidated and was found to be unrecorded in the books of accounts.

The COA issued demand letters to Gamos in November 2008 and March 2009 but he failed to heed the order for liquidation and settlement.

Meanwhile, the DILG has served a Memorandum for Vice Mayor Ramon Espela to assume office as Acting Mayor, and Councilor Manuel Maestrado as Acting Vice Mayor until after the 90-day suspension is fully served.
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