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Ex-Mayor charged for not remitting almost P7M GSIS contributions

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Former San Sebastian, Samar Mayor Arnold Abalos and two former officials of the town have been charged before the Sandiganbayan for not remitting to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) almost P7 million worth of contributions of municipal employees.

Abalos now faces 40 counts of violating Section 52(g) of Republic Act 8291 (the GSIS Act of 1997) along with former municipal treasurer Virginia Uy and accountant Pepita Mabini.

The Office of the Ombudsman which filed the case before the Sandiganbayan on recommended that each of the accused post a bail bond of P10,000 for each count or a total of P400,000.

When they still held positions at the municipal government of San Sebastian, the Ombudsman pointed out in the informations that the three accused have direct control and supervision in the collection and remittance to the GSIS the premium contributions and payments of the municipal employees.

However, the Ombudsman found that the three accused having failed the remit a total amount of P6,787,877.92 to the GSIS from 2008 to 2012.

The periods when no remittances were made were from April to December of 2008, the entire year of 2009, May to September of 2010, February to July of 2011, September to December of 2011, and January to April of 2012.