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Ombudsman indicts Samar town mayor.

A Samar mayor and two other key officials are facing criminal and administrative charges for allegedly not remitting the monthly Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) premiums from 2008 to 2012 due from salaries of town officials and employees.

In a 14-page resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales declared that there was sufficient evidence to indict San Sebastian Mayor Arnold Abalos, Municipal Treasurer Virgina Uy and Municipal Accountant Pepita Mabini.

The respondents were charged with 40 counts of violation of the Section 5 of the the GSIS Act of 1997 (RA 8291).

Morales said San Sebastian is saddled by delayed and unremitted GSIS premiums for 40 months.

Based on the statement of account issued by GSIS, the municipality did not remit the GSIS premiums covering the months of April 2008 to December 2009, May to September 2010, February to July 2011, September to December 2011, and January to April 2012.

The GSIS collection notice indicated outstanding liabilities amounting to P7.6 million.

Morales said the respondents committed repeated failures to timely remit the GSIS remittances when they were due and demandable.

RA 8291 provides that penal sanctions (jail and fine) shall be imposed upon employers who fail to include the payment of contributions in their annual appropriations or fail to remit or delay the exact amount of monthly contributions.


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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Jun 27, 2014
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