Former state college principle (head) gets 40 years imprisonment for corruption.

The former president of Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) has been sentenced to a maximum of 40 years after he was found guilty on four accounts of Graft.

Dr. Elpidio Locsin Jr. appointed his sons as “student labourers” and approved payment of their salaries even though there was no performed labour services.

Being found guilty of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Locsin was also slapped with perpetual disqualification from public office and ordered to return the salaries paid to his children.

Locsin was president of ISCOF from 1993 to 2005 and took advantage of the student labour program that is supposed to help students in their financial needs.

Three of his sons applied for the program and were accepted Neil Arvin, Gelner Keats and Elpidio III after which they were assigned to their fathers office.

Lawyers of the Office of the Ombudsman led by Deputy Special Prosecutor John Turalba accused Locsin of accommodating his children to program even though they failed to meet the qualifications.

Under RA 7323 or the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) being implemented by the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), only students with parents earning below P36,000 annually can avail of the program which seeks to help poor but deserving students to earn money, appreciate labour, and be trained in the process.

Not only didn’t his kids work for the money they stole it from deserving students.. sadly though its not an isolated incident and I have heard of worse. A charity organisation I have met with previously took me to a school for example which is in the mountains. A food and scholarship program had been put in place to find that several of the students added to the scheme were teachers children. People forget that although they may seem to be poor there are a lot more deserving people out there who are literally just getting by or maybe they don’t care?