Ex-DOTC chief's aide indicted for faking travel papers

Posted at 07/22/14 4:33 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict the Head Executive Assistant (HEA) of the late former Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Leandro Mendoza and a private individual for falsification of travel documents in 2006.

In a 16-page resolution released on Tuesday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of Information against former HEA Romeo German for violating Article 171(1) of the Revised Penal Code for forging the signature of Mendoza in a Travel Authority issued in his favor.

German and Maria Waneza Dy will also be charged for violating Article 171(1) and Article 172 (1) of the Revised Penal Code for conspiring in falsifying the Travel Authority issued in favor of Dy.

The Ombudsman said German and Dy traveled to the United States on July 18, 2006 using fake Travel Authorities purportedly issued by Mendoza.

It said German, as the HEA of the DOTC chief, had the duty to make, prepare, or otherwise intervene in the preparation of documents from the Office of the Secretary. He had access to the bar codes being attached to all outgoing documents.

"He took advantage of his official position when he caused the preparation of the Travel Authorities in their favor and attached the series 4 bar codes in his possession to give the documents semblance of authenticity," the Ombudsman resolution read.

Meanwhile, the complaints for violations of Article 174 and Article 175 were dismissed for lack of probable cause. The charges against former DOTC Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Noel Cruz were also dismissed for lack of probable cause.

Mendoza died last October 7, 2013 at the age of 67. He served under former President Gloria Arroyo.