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Mon Fernandez says PSC 'glad' about discovering payroll scam

Mon Fernandez expressed relief that a prevalent corrupt practice in the PSC came to an end. From Alan Cayetano's Facebook page
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--In what he considers as a major breakthrough in their leadership's drive to end corruption in their organization, PSC OIC Mon Fernandez said that the entire sports governing body is happy that it discovered the payroll padding made by one of its employees.

"We're not glad that this happened, but we're glad that we discovered this," Fernandez said in an interview on Wednesday, a day after the PSC announced about the discovery of the said scheme.

A certain Paul Michael Ignacio was caught placing allowances supposedly for national athletes and coaches under his own bank account. He even used the names of those not anymore qualified to receive allowances for the said scheme.

Fernandez then bared that Ignacio has been committing this kind of fraud since 2015.

On why the PSC took a long time before finding it out, Fernandez said, "Nahihirapan kaming mag-sita kasi last process na yung kanya. Ang sistema kasi sa bangko, from him, ang tina-transmit niya, yung account number na lang."

He then admitted that the PSC lacked the internal audit needed to assure that Ignacio would only deposit the allowances to the athletes and coaches.

"That's a lesson we learned with what happened today," Fernandez rued.

Marietta Cabusao, LandBank's assistant vice president, noticed the transactions made by Ignacio and alerted the PSC regarding it.

"We'd like to thank the management of Landbank for letting us know right away," Fernandez continued.

He then hopes that all the other government agencies will emulate what the PSC did regarding ths payroll padding scheme and that the employees have been warned about this.

"That's a wake up call na rin sa lahat ng mga employees, not just sa PSC but sa lahat ng government agencies for that matter," Fernandez further said. "That should be a lesson to all."

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