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Asan na pera? Ex-Mayor Limbona rapped over missing P11.8-M cash advances

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Former Pantar, Lanao del Norte Mayor Norlainie Limbona is facing a graft charge for facilitating cash advances amounting to P11.8 million, which remain unliquidated.

The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filiing of the case after finding probable cause to indict Limbona.

Apart from her, the Ombudsman also ordered indicted municipal accountant Paganaibae Macaumbos and former municipal treasurer Orac Racmat.

Investigation conducted by the Ombudsman showed that Limbona, Macaumbos and Racmat approved and facilitated several fund disbursements from January 2008 to January 2009 totaling P11.8M even if prior cash advances had not yet been liquidated.

It pointed out that the cash advances were drawn without specific expenditure in violation of Commission on Audit (COA) regulations.

COA rules provide that no cash advance shall be given unless for a legally specific purpose. Also, no additional cash advances shall be allowed to any official or employee unless the previous cash advance given to him or her had been settled or a proper accounting thereof had been made.