3 Cebu airport officials accused of falsification
Mylen P. Manto (The Freeman) - February 13, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Three Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) executives are facing complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.


MCIAA General Manager Steve Dicdican, Human Resource Manager Maria Lilibeth Antepuesto, and Electrical Division Manager Achilles Ponce have been accused of falsifying the daily time records (DTRs) of Manuelito Nosdo, MCIAA mechanical division manager and chief safety officer.

Nosdo, 59, filed criminal complaints against the three over falsification of public documents and violations of Section 3, paragraph A and E of Republic Act 3019 or Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Nosdo has been with MCIAA for about 25 years and is set to retire.

He was maliciously accused of habitual absenteeism, falsification of official documents, serious dishonesty, grave misconduct, and violation of reasonable office rules and regulations for allegedly falsifying his February, April, and May 2017 DTRs. He was then placed under 90-day preventive suspension.

The preventive suspension, Nosdo said, was meant to harass and delay his impending retirement.

Nosdo was supposed to retire last February 2.

The move against him started after he exposed the officials of their corrupt practices in the agency, said Nosdo.

Nosdo claimed that his DTRs for the months of February and March in 2017 were falsified, saying his signature was forged.

As proof, he availed of the services of Romeo Oliva Varona, a handwriting expert and forensic document examiner of Five R Forensic Examination & Consultancy.

On November 3, 2018, Nosdo said he was informed by Varona that his signatures in the February 2017 DTR and March 23, 2017 application for leave were indeed forged. Hence, he submitted Varona’s findings to their office.

Because he was placed under 90-day preventive suspension that hinders his application for retirement, Nosdo sought the help of the anti-graft body to investigate the MCIAA officials.

He asked the Office of the Ombudsman to place Dicdican and two others under preventive suspension pending investigation, so as not to suppress or gain control of all the evidence under their possession.

Dicdican told The FREEMAN that he had directed Nosdo to attend some seminars in relation to his duties, but allegedly failed.

But Nosdo’s DTR seemed that he did attend the seminars, said Dicdican.

“I was still new at that time. I noticed that Nosdo wasn’t attending the weekly management committee meetings I set, so I inquired where he was. I was told he doesn’t usually attend meetings. So  I inquired if he attended the seminars that I had them attended, and I was told that he was absent so many times that the seminar organizer did not allow him to attend anymore.  Yet, when he submitted his DTR for me to sign, I noticed that he claimed he attended. So, I had him investigated,” Dicdican explained. — KBQ (FREEMAN)

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