The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of five members of the Bids and Awards Committee of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental for three months without pay for simple misconduct, for having a rural health unit repaired without public bidding.
The Office of the Ombudsman (Visayas), in its decision approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Feb. 25, 2014 and released to the media yesterday, also found Valladolid Mayor Rommel Yogore liable.
However, since the incident happened in December 2008, and Yogore was re-elected as mayor in May 2010, the administrative case against him was dismissed for being moot and academic under the Aguinaldo Doctrine, the Ombudsman said.
Suspended were Valladolid Municipal Agriculturist Giovanni Robles – chairman of the Valladolid Bids and Awards Committee, Municipal Engineer Joseph Alfonso Manayon – BAC vice chairman, and members - Municipal Registrar Ernesto Genobis, Cashier III Daisy Galve, and Accounting Clerk II Merlene Magbanua.
The Ombudsman, finding no substantial evidence against Municipal Accountant Cheryl Aguirre, Municipal Treasurer Lilian Española and Inspector Arnaldo Virgo, dismissed the administrative case against them.
The Department of Interior and Local Government regional director was ordered to implement the suspension against the five.
The Ombudsman said the town officials, by resorting to “shopping” in the procurement of the materials for the repair of the municipal health unit amounting to P249,995, violated the general mandate on competitive bidding.
The administrative complaint against the Valladolid officials was filed by Larry Concepcion, a Valladolid resident and a Radyo Veritas broadcaster.
In a criminal complaint also filed by Concepcion against the same officials for the same project, the Ombudsman had approved the filing of charges in court against Yogore and six others for violation of the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Yogore's lawyer, Rayfrando Diaz, said yesterday that they are set to file a motion for reconsideration to the Ombudsman's resolution.
The Ombudsman's resolution on the criminal case found probable cause to indict Yogore, Robles, Manayon, Genobis, Galve and Magbanua.
It also found probable cause to file charges against Jonie Nieve, proprietor of JB Nieve Hardware and Construction Supply, that supplied the materials for the project.*CPG
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