THE Office of the Ombudsman has indicted Cabadbaran Mayor Dale Corvera of Agusan del Norte for malversation and graft for using public funds for his personal travel.
In a resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said Corvera charged his travel expenditures of P362,154.85 against the city government’s public funds from May 2011 to June 2014.
“These personal travel expenses included detour trips to Cebu City to visit his children, including the personal hotel accommodations and meals of his wife,” she added.
Corvera, for his part, said the travels were made “in connection with his attendance to the activities of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.”
“The public character of BSP cannot serve as valid justification for charging against public funds expenses incurred for attending its activities,” the resolution read.
“All documents are clear enough to show that expenses have been spent, and the nature of such expenses.”
Morales ordered the filing of malversation and violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 against Corvera before the Sandiganbayan.
“As the chief executive of the city of Cabadbaran, respondent exercises control over the city’s funds and is accountable for them,” she said.