Mayor Vico Sotto Flags Liquidation Records Exposed by a Netizen Claiming It’s “Edited”
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto lambasted a netizen for exposing alleged liquidation records of the city government claiming it is edited.
The mayor of Pasig has refuted allegations of wrongdoing involving the city’s accountant. Sotto drew attention to “edited” paperwork purporting to show that the city administration possesses P33 million unliquidated cash advances.
Pasig’s financial records, according to a netizen called Anthony L. Torre, show that there were P33,730,513.32 in unliquidated cash advances related with city accountant Valerie JO S. Torres from September 2019 to November 2021. Torre asked Sotto to “come out with the truth,” noting that the local mayor has won prizes for his leadership in the past.
“Your little mayor from QC [Pasig] still has a lot of cash advances that are not liquidated. You say she has been removed from office, but actually, you just moved her office sa Pasig City General Hospital (PCGH). Hayzzz naman (so) come out with the truth if you say you are not corrupt, may award ka pa naman. 33 million yan,” Torre said in his deleted post.
It will be recalled that Sotto was honored by the United States government with the “International Anticorruption Champions Award” in February 2021. Sotto retaliated by sharing the same data on his Facebook page, which showed only P576,000 in unliquidated cash advances tied to Torres.
“Makikita sa ceritifed record ng City Accountant na less than 576 THOUSAND lang ang unliquidated cash advances ni Ms. Valerie. Ang sabi sa post mo, 33 MILLION pa ito. Inedit ang dokumento, binura ang liquidations, tapos pinost. Sa madaling salita, kasinungalingan,” Sotto said.
“Wala naman kasing problema sa cash advance basta’t last option at mai-liquidate ng maayos. Lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya, may mga bagay na pabigla-biglang nangyayari at mahirap iplano. Iilan lang din naman ang puwede maging Special Disbursing Officer para rito,” Sotto explained.
Sotto also stated that his staff assisted former employees of the previous administration in the liquidation of P100 million in unliquidated cash advances. Torre’s acts, Sotto continued, reeked of “criminal crime,” because they already involved the alteration of public records to accuse him of corruption.
“Pero yung ganitong klaseng kilusan, aba’y ibang usapan na to… Mukhang criminal offense ang nagawang pag-edit ng public records at paggamit nito para mang-akusa ng korapsyon,” the mayor said.
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