Jul 17, 2021 @ 20:21

Sandiganbayan affirms malversation conviction of Tagbilaran disbursing officer

The Sandiganbayan has affirmed the malversation conviction of a Tagbilaran City, Bohol, disbursing officer who spent P1.32 million in public funds for personal use and failed to return the full amount despite demand.

In a 4-page resolution on SB-19-A/R-0012, the court’s 6th Division denied Liza Arisola’s motion for reconsideration of its August 28, 2020 decision to uphold her August 10, 2018 conviction by the Tagbilaran City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 4.

The Sandiganbayan modified her penalty to imprisonment of a minimum of six years to a maximum of seven years, four months, and one day, on top of a fine of P1.38 million. She was also ordered the pay back the city government P1.32 million, plus interest of 6% per annum.

Arisola argued that she only incurred a shortage of P629,959.71 and was willing to pay that amount, but the City Treasurer’s Office refused to accept it and insisted on the figure demanded by State Auditor Loida Laga.

But, the court was not moved by her arguments, which it considered to be a “mere reiteration or rehash of those in her Brief for the Accused-Appellant.”

“There is nothing in accused-appellant’s Motion for Reconsideration that would convince this Court that the reversal of the assailed Decision is warranted,” read the resolution penned by Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez. #

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