Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte insisted there are no "ghost employees" since she started serving in 2010.
Belmonte reacted to the Office of the Ombudsman's criminal and administrative complaints against two QC councilors, actor Roderick Paulate and Francisco Calalay Jr., as well as their liaison officers Flordeliza Alvarez and Vicente Bajamunde, asking to suspend them for including payroll for non-existent employees for January to November 2010.
Paulate and Calalay, aside from Violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, were accused of Malversation of Public Funds through Falsification of Public Documents, administrative charges for Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty, and Falsification of Official Documents.
A certain Jimmy Lee Davis has sought help from Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel to expose the alleged crime, according to a report from ABS-CBN News. Paulate allegedly had 30 ghosts employees, while Calalay had 29, including about P3.3 million in their 11-month long payroll.
The Office of the Vice Mayor has formed a committee to look thoroughly on the issue, and to follow the proper rules and regulations on hiring and checking the authenticity of employees. Belmonte said the committee is composed of city council members, and representatives from the budget and personnel department.
Belmonte has not received the formal suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman, and refused to comment on the complaints.