DepEd Tal­isay of­fi­cial and 2 oth­ers charged

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - CORRES PONDENT IZOBELLE T. PU LGO

THE Of­fice of the Om­buds­man has charged three Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) per­son­nel for var­i­ous counts of estafa, at­tempted estafa, and vi­o­la­tions of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Con­duct and Eth­i­cal Stan­dards for Pub­lic Of­fi­cials and Em­ploy­ees.

The anti-graft of­fice in­dicted DepEd Tal­isay City Di­vi­sion Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram Su­per­vi­sor Sisinia Villaver-Vasquez, and Tal­isay City pub­lic school teach­ers Car­men Villaver of Mo­hon Ele­men­tary School and Emily Villaver of Lawaan 3 Ele­men­tary School.

The Villavers’ case stemmed from a com­plaint filed by a cer­tain Maria Lour­des Labis-Ipong last Septem­ber 25, 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to Ipong, the three con­spired and used her name to ex­tort money from sev­eral teacher-ap­pli­cants pur­port­edly as “thanks­giv­ing” in ex­change for their ap­point­ments and to fa­cil­i­tate their ap­pli­ca­tion as per­ma­nent teach­ers.

In their counter af­fi­davit, sis­ters VillaverVasquez and C. Villaver de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing that these were mere prod­ucts of Ipong’s “imag­i­na­tion” cou­pled with threats on newly hired teach­ers that they would be fac­ing charges if they would not ex­e­cute af­fi­davits against them.

Their cousin, E. Villaver, mean­while, failed to file her own counter-af­fi­davit.

In its 20-page res­o­lu­tion dated Novem­ber 25, 2016, the anti-graft of­fice gave weight to the ac­counts of five teacher-ap­pli­cants who claimed that the Villavers lured them into pay­ing be­tween P2,500 to P15,000 to help them land jobs as teach­ers.

Three ap­pli­cants also tes­ti­fied that P50,000 was de­manded from each of them in ex­change for reg­u­lar teach­ing po­si­tions though they did not pay the amount.

Graft in­ves­ti­ga­tor Eleanor Tayad-De Mira charged Villaver-Vasquez with eight counts of vi­o­la­tions of RA 6713, five counts of estafa by means of de­ceit, and three counts of at­tempted estafa.

C. Villaver, on the other hand, was in­dicted for four counts of vi­o­la­tions of RA 6713, one count of estafa by means of de­ceit, and three counts of at­tempted estafa.

E. Villaver was charged with three counts of vi­o­la­tions of RA 6713 and three counts of estafa by means of de­ceit.

“The Of­fice finds that the pos­i­tive and cat­e­gor­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion of the teacher-ap­pli­cants that re­spon­dents on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions de­manded money from them in ex­change for fa­cil­i­tat­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion / ap­point­ments for teacher po­si­tions or in ex­change for a cer­tifi­cate re­lat­ing to com­puter lit­er­acy skills pre­vail over the neg­a­tive al­le­ga­tions or de­nial of re­spon­dents,” read the res­o­lu­tion.

“Com­plainant did not au­tho­rize re­spon­dents to col­lect or so­licit any amount from the teacher­ap­pli­cants. Re­spon­dents’ false pre­tenses were the primary con­sid­er­a­tion which in­duced teacher­ap­pli­cants to part with their re­spec­tive monies,” it added.

Calls were made to the DepEd-Tal­isay to ver­ify if the Villavers were still con­nected with the of­fice, but of­fi­cials re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter, say­ing that they had yet to re­ceive a copy of the res­o­lu­tion and con­sid­ered the mat­ter “con­fi­den­tial”.

DepEd Tal­isay also re­fused to an­swer ques­tions on who Ipong, the recorded com­plainant, was./

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