ON ‘COMPUTER SCAM’ INDICTMENT
Monico files motion
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
A motion for reconsideration and/or reinvestigation with motion to hold in abeyance the filing of information was filed by former Bacolod Congressman and now Mayor Monico Puentevella before the Ombudsman in Manila Monday on the case involving the purchase of a P25 million Information Technology computer package project funded from his Priority Development Assistance Fund.
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of information before the Sandiganbayan against Puentevella, Victorino Tirol, Jr. of the Department of Education, and supplier Jessie Garcia, after finding probable cause to indict them for acting in violation of R.A. 3019, or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The case stemmed from the purchase of IT Packages from Merryland Publishing Corporation at P400,000 each without the conduct of public bidding, and which were found to be overpriced, defective and non-functional. Furthermore, some of the school beneficiaries allegedly did not receive them.