THREE more government employees assigned at the Baguio City Market for the collection of arrival fees or “kwartais” have been charged with malversation over the falsification of public documents and falsification by public officers.
The raps are based on the discovery of tampered receipts on arrival fees collected from city market vendors, which led to even more tampered receipts being uncovered involving more employees, who are now facing suits from the city.
“Ms. Marieta C. Alvarez discovered the tampering of duplicate copies of receipts being committed by deployed Revenue Collector Clerks II, when they did not remit the exact amount being paid by merchants/traders by declaring the wrong amount of payment on the duplicate copies of the official receipts,” reads the report of Police Lieutenant Colonel Pablo Emmanuel Nead, chief of the BCPO-Crime Investigation and Detection Management Unit (CIDMU).
Three other employees that were already previously sued were once again included in the latest suit against the “kwartais” employees filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor by City Market Division Officer-in-Charge Marieta C. Alvarez on behalf of the city government.
The city government at the behest of Mayor Benjamin Magalong first began investigations into the malversation cases against its own employees as early as July of this year.