Roderick Paulate together with other Quezon City officials were found guilty of hiring ghost employees.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales charged them guilty of falsification of official documents, serious dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and grave misconduct. Their civil service eligibility are also nullified and their retirement benefits were removed.
According to a report by ABS-CBN News
, in the investigation of the Ombudsman, Paulate and Calalay hired 60 “ghost contractual employees” who occupied various positions such as field inspectors, district coordinators and office aides. They also received salaries ranging from P5,000 to P10,000. The investigation also found out that there were no birth certificates and NBI clearances submitted when the “employees” applied only endorsement letters. Their signatures are also inconsistent.
“Alvarez and Bajamunde were the ones who claimed the processed payrolls from the disbursing officer to have them signed by the supposed listed job contractors, returned the signed payrolls to the disbursing officer, and collected the full amount. They, however, failed to satisfactorily explain why each job contractor had different signatures appearing in the subject payrolls,” the decision read.