Tax Collector Dismissed from Service

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MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has dismissed from the service a town tax collector from Palawan for alleged unliquidated cash advances, it was learned on Monday.It also filed separate criminal complaint against a municipal administrative officer for reportedly allowing the personal use of a government car in his custody.Ombudsman Merceditas N. Gutierrez said Marilou Relova, revenue collection officer of Quezon, Palawan, was fired for accumulating some P2 million in unliquidated cash advances from 2001 to 2005.Investigation by the Commission on Audit (CoA) showed that that the alleged anomaly resulted from the old practice of granting cash advances to town officials and employees without first liquidating the previous disbursements.In an eight-page resolution, the OMB did not give credence to Relova's defense that the disbursements to municipal officials and employees was for "humanitarian reasons" and should not be considered cash advances.Gutierrez ruled that Relova's "justification that she extended "vales" for humanitarian reasons did not obliterate the fact that she knowingly acted beyond the scope of her authority, which said act constituted grave misconduct as it involved willful intent to violate the law or to disregard established rules. …