OMBUDSMAN RAP : Lamitan vice mayor accused of excessive use of gasoline PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:29

Lamitan City Mayor Roderick Furigay has filed with the Office of the Ombudsman graft and corruption complaint against Vice-Mayor Arleigh Eisma in connection with the latter’s alleged excessive consumption of gasoline

Furigay yesterday said that Eisma’s gasoline consumption for five months last year reached the amount of P1,404,994.

Furigay, assisted by Atty. Quirino Esguerra, Jr. last Monday filed the charges against Eisma ranging from violation of Section 3 (e) and (h) of Republic Act No. 3019 otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Section 10 of R.A. No. 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act; Sections 341 and 356 of R.A. No. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code; and, Section 7 (a) R.A. 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The Lamitan mayor said Eisma has caused significant injury to the government specifically to the City of Lamitan since the gasoline was purchased from a gasoline station owned by the vice-mayor.

“Goods such as petroleum products for the use of the local government’s service vehicles must go through a competitive public bidding as mandated by Section 10 of R.A. 9184,” Furigay said. 

He also said that the gasoline was used in a private vehicle and the approving officer of the driver’s daily trip ticket is the vice-mayor himself.

“Vice-Mayor Eisma’s action of approving these trip tickets, certifying the Obligation Request, approving for payment the Disbursing Voucher, with the payment thereof being made to a gasoline station owned by himself, in the least, constitutes graft and conflict of interest, punishable under R.A. No. 3019,” the mayor stated in his nine-page affidavit of complaint.

“He signed the check, encashed the check under his account and deposited the check under his name,” Esguerra charged.

Meanwhile, Furigay said he filed the case against Eisma not in retaliation to the charges filed earlier by the vice-mayor against him.

He said he just wanted to straighten up things in the city government of Lamitan.

Furigay told newsmen durin a press conference that the filing of graft charges against him by Vice Mayor Arleigh Eisma is “politically motivated, purely harassment and  a desperate move,” as Eisma is  running for mayor in the May election this year.

Furigay stressed that his leadership is motivated to do good for the people and the whole of Lamitan City.

“Im just putting up projects for the people’s benefits.

He said that Lamitan City has no annual budget plans and programs for 2013 because Eisma has refused to have corum of session to tackle and discuss the annual budget.

He said the city is still implementing from the 2012 budget.

“I will not commit any bad things that will malign my name and my family. I’m doing good things for the good of the people.

Furigay had received the “Seal of  Good Housekeeping ”award of the Department on Interior and Local  Government signed by the late Secretary Jesse Robredo last year. — Allen Abastillas