Benedicto Bernal, warehousing officer of the NFA in Badian town, will have to answer charges of malversation of public property and grave misconduct.
The investigation stemmed from a Cebu Daily News report on Nov. 21, 2012 which highlighted the discovery of the missing rice stocks when the NFA made an inventory at the NFA warehouse in Badian.
“The evidence on record points to establish the elements of malversation of public property. He (Bernal) appropriates, takes, or misappropriates said public properties by his failure to immediately produce/restitute the shortage upon demand. Thus, the prima facie presumption of malversation arises,” Tila said.Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol approved the findings.
Bernal failed to produce the missing imported rice amounting to P10, 628, 095.09.
Bernal was given a chance to produce or restitute the missing rice but failed to do so. He was a senior grains operations officer, and had custody of stocks of imported rice.
NFA records showed that Bernal handled P17.5 million worth of imported rice and P3.457.76 million worth of imported iron-fortified rice from March 16, 2017 to June 1, 2012.
During its inventory, the NFA central office noted a shortage of about 195 tons of ordinary imported rice and about 108 tons of imported iron-fortified rice. /Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter