9 Ombudsman v. Zaldarriaga, G.R. No. 175349, 22 June 2010.docx

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OMBUDSMAN V. ZALDARRIAGA, G.R. NO. 175349, 22 JUNE 2010. FACTS: Zaldarriaga was the Municipal Treasurer of the Municipality of Lemery, Iloilo. On November 16, 1998, the COA conducted an audit examination of the accountabilities of respondent’s cash and accounts covering the period 1997 to 1998. Based on the audit conducted, the COA auditors prepared a report showing a deficiency of 4.7 million pesos. Respondent was asked to restitute the deficiency, but he failed to do so. Subsequently, COA filed a Letter-Complaint. Respondent contested the findings of the COA auditors alleging that it was inaccurate, incorrect, and devoid of merit. Meanwhile, the Office of the Provincial Treasurer also conducted its own investigation. Its findings did not indicate any shortage but, instead, pointed out that had the mayor, treasurer, and accountant observed COA Rules and Regulations in the proper disbursement of funds, the irregularity would not have been committed.

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