Di pala graduate! Ex-gov Mercado faces raps over false educational background

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By: James Hernandez

Dismissed Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado has been charged before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly making bogus claims that he graduated from college.

The Office of the Ombudsman charged Mercado with falsification of public documents for allegedly faking the entries in his personal data sheet (PDS) and in his Elective Local Official’s Profile Directory (ELOPD) in 2010.

The accused indicated in his PDS that he graduated from the University of Visayas (UV) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

However, the Ombudsman said he did not enroll in the university and has not obtained a degree in engineering.

Apart from this, he also did not mentioned in his PDS the year when he graduated from his elementary and secondary education at the Maasin Central School and the UV, respectively.

Mercado is also accused of falsifying his ELOPD in Data Capture Form which he later submitted to the Department of Interior and Local Government.

He also claimed in ELOPD that he was a civil engineer and graduated from the Maasin Central School in 1968 even though he completed his elementary education in 1971.