By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki
The vice chairman of Tanjay Water District in Negros Oriental is facing several charges before the Sandiganbayan Third Division due to the reportedly anomalous cash advances that he made amounting to P321,300.
Jovencio Bumalad Bumanglag has been slapped with 16 counts for violation of Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code, also known as Failure of Accountable Office to Render Accounts.
From June 2008 to March 2012, Bumanglag allegedly received cash advances for his official travels to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) office and LWUA Water District (WD) forums in Manila.
He also used the cash advances for his trips to the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) Convention in Cebu City, Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA) 29th General Assembly in Manila, and Consultative Hearings on House Bill No. 5210 in Cebu City.
Bumanglang likewise attended the Lakbay Aral event, PAWD National Convention in Manila, Visayas Association of Water Districts (VAWD) and Water Environment Association of the Philippines (WEAP) in Cebu City, 3rd Southeast Asian Water Utilities Network Convention in Manila, 32nd PAWD National Convention in Davao City, 1st Quarter Meeting of the Visayas Association of Water Districts (VAWD) in Tagbiliran City, Bohol, Water Environment Association of the Philippines (WEAP) National Annual Convention in Bacolod City, and the 3rd Visayas Association of Water Districts and Central Visayas Association of Water Districts (CEVAWD) in Cebu City.
After these trips, Bumanglang was required to liquidate and render accounts to the Commission on Audit (COA) within 30 days of his return. This was pursuant to the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines or Presidential Decree No. 1445 and COA Circular No. 97-002.
However, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer III Eleanor Rayad-De Mira wrote in his charge sheets that Bumanglang “willfully, unlawfully and feloniously fail[ed] to liquidate or render an account” on the said advances.
Bumanglang has to pay a total of P96,000 for his provisional liberty.