Ombudsman files graft raps vs Sibugay mayor, 4 others PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:00

For failing to comply with the Government Procurement Reform Act, the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday filed graft charges against Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay Mayor Gemma Adana and four members of the city’s Bids and Awards Committee.

“The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of a criminal Information for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) against Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay Mayor Gemma Adana, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members Roland Grijalvo, Felix Timsan, Emmanuel Enteria and Jonathan Cartagena, in connection with the irregular procurement of heavy equipment from CVCK Trading in 2007,” the Ombudsman said in a press release.

In the resolution recommending the filing of charges against them, the Ombudsman said the officials committed procurement violations and failed to secure the most beneficial deal for the government.

“Adana and the BAC members committed procurement violations in the acquisition of a road roller and road grader by changing the technical specifications of the equipment without complying with the requirements of the Government Procurement Reform Act. There was also no showing that the price of CVCK Trading was the most beneficial for the local government,” the Office of the Ombudsman said.

Similarly, the charges against Municipal Accountant Manuel Cuevas, Municipal Treasurer Rodulfo Nercua, Revenue Collection Clerk IV Helen Trono, Revenue Collection Clerk II Ernesto Yu, casual employee Elvira Carumba, and Jose Ely Solivar of CVCK Trading were dismissed for lack of probable cause.

Meanwhile, charges for Malversation and Falsification of Public Documents against Adana, Grijalva, Timsan, Enteria and Cartagena were dismissed for lack of probable cause. Charges against Community Affairs Assistant II Samuel Gealon were also dismissed in view of his death.  — GMA News