Ombudsman dismisses 2 PNP officials in armored vehicle repair anomaly

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales dismissed from services the officials of the Philippine National Police Officers (PNP) involved in the anomalous repair and maintenance of 28 units of V-150 PNP Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) in 2007 worth P400 million.

In a 10-page Supplemental Joint Resolution released Thursday, Morales dismissed Antonio Retrato, Accounting Division Chief; and Eulito Fuentes, Supply Accountable Officer after they were found guilty of Grave Misconduct and Serious Dishonesty. Aside from dismissal from public service all their benefits are forfeited and they are perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

The Resolution stated that “[i]f the penalty of dismissal from the service can no longer be served by reason of resignation or retirement, the alternative penalty of fine equivalent to one year salary is imposed, in addition to the same accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification to hold public office.”

However, the Ombudsman absolved Chief Superintendent Mario San Diego, a member of the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee as “there is no substantial evidence to hold him administratively liable for Grave Misconduct and Serious Dishonesty.”

Retrato and Fuentes are already facing a case for violation of the Anti-Graft Law, the Government Procurement Act and Malversation through Falsification before the Sandiganbayan.

On Aug. 14, 2007, then PNP Chief Director Gen. Oscar Calderon initiated the request for repair and refurbishing of 10 V-150 LAVs in connection with the PNP Special Action Force’s (SAF) capacity build-up program for P275,365,000. Subsequently however, former PNP Chief Gen. Avelino Razon requested for a supplemental budget for the repair and refurbishing of remaining 18 LAVs.

The Ombudsman’s fact-finding investigation, in its complaint said there were irregularity in the “bidding process, awarding of contracts and utilization of funds intended for the repair/refurbishment of 28 V-150s of the PNP.”

Morales said the “public respondents  circumvented the provisions of the Government Procurement Act to take private firms Serpenair, Enviro-Aire, Evans, RJP, Dex-Lan and RKGK Enterprises as the direct suppliers.” It also said that “the government suffered injury in the amount of P409,740,000, representing the cost of the highly irregular transactions, and that the said companies were given unwarranted benefit, undue advantage or preference as the contracts were awarded to them despite non-compliance with law and without actual delivery of goods and services at the time of payment.”

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  • kontra_boohaya

    Once again, the magicians got off the hook!

  • Camilo_Cienfuegos

    madam ombudsman, paki bawi sa kanila ang mga nakulimbat,  hindi dapat mapunta sa kanila iyon dahil iyon ay pera nang taong bayan!!!!!!

    ang kaparusahan na hindi na sila makakabalik sa gawain gobyerno ay napaka-liit na pataw sa kataksilan na kanilang nagawa.

    sana maging aral at leksyon ang mga ito sa mga nag-babalak na mangulimbat sa gobyerno.

  • $37644997

    minimize talking, jail time is the answere and talk about it later on.
    Can we copy some procedures from other countries?one simple example is the wife of Lito Lapid who had a swift sentencing after atleast a year long of court indictment and procedure.
    Our justice system takes too long to prosecute a criminal.”time is money”.

  • yonoh

    madam…yong mga malalaking tao nasaan na bakit di sila maparusahan…………….dapat sila ang mananagot sila ang nagpapasarap ang buhay sigurado ko yong mga pamilya nyang baka nasa ibang bansa na…………nagenenjoy sa snow…………….samantalang yong mga  pinoy walang makain sa isang araw…………………………

  • ddano

    Sacrificial Lambs. The masterminds got away with the biggest part of the loot. 

  • billy gunner

    people from the accounting division as fall guys? and the case involves anamalous repair and maintenance of vehicles worth 400M? oh, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

  • ben311

    tapon sa kolokan at gagawa pa ng katarantaduhan kasi wala ng pension ! at hanapin ang mastermind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Talaga bang walang sabit ni isa sa mga members ng Bids & Awards Committee? Sila ang namili kung sino nanalo sa bidding, tapos walang kaso? Lalo na yung mga opisyales na nag approve ng recommendation ng Bids & Awards Committee?

    Yung mga nabanggit na suppliers ba ay naka black list na ngayon?

  • Guest

    Hi Lola Conchita, we applaud you for your laudable action on the case of the armored car repair anomaly. We know you hate corrupt people so we’d like to make a follow up on the following cases which seem to have escaped your attention. Please note that there are accompanying videos to help you with the case:

    01. Rice Smuggling by former NFA Chief Lito Banayo (a PNoy appointee)

    youtube,com/watch?v=jFpZndSlgbM

    02. Misuse of Pagcor car and resources by Pagcor Chief Bong Naguiat, a member of PNoy’s KKK. Naguiat is also instrumental in asking for Casinos to be exempted from the newly fortified and tougher ant-money laundering law.

    youtube,com/watch?v=uQpPP_VxnrQ

    03. Miro Quimbo’s involvement in Globe Asiatique Scam which DOJ forwarded to the Ombudsman’s office since 2011.

    youtube,com/watch?v=AjjJmYE-dF0

    abs-cbnnews,com/business/08/24/11/doj-indicts-globe-asiatique-syndicated-estafa

    abs-cbnnews,com/global-filipino/06/14/12/pag-ibig-ceo-hits-non-arrest-delfin-lee

    Lola Conchita, We share your passion for going after the bad guys. But going after bad guys selectively is another matter altogether. Selective justice has a way of backfiring on those who apply it. 2016 is not that far away. You may have just won yourself a lottery for dereliction of duty. Let’s get our government cleaned up. But let’s not do it selectively.

  • DATAN

    Who needs the Ombudsman agency if you have the ‘F.O. I. ‘ ..case closed…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WXGOFVZR56DN5BBPIDILD7C7ZU dor

    Cherry picking case profile.sampolan nyo ung mga appointee ni Pnoy….

  • Ron Castanaga

    OMBUDSMAN

  • Ron Castanaga

    Ombudsman Morales, how about the case of the bidding cmtee that approved the procurement of second hand copters sold to the heavily corrupted PNP passed as new instigated by GMA and FG. They’re still scotfrere and wanting to travel abroad to enjoy their loots(corrupted money stashed in foreign bansk-

  • Ron Castanaga

    Tama nga at bakit walang garnishment. The gov’t should reposses all illegally owned bank deposits and properties parang mabayaran yong mga winaldas. Mali parin si Morales, just like slapping only their dainty hands ang mga nangulimbat. Napakaliit lang yan yong firing and lose of entitlements. At bakit ang mga small fish lang ang nasesentensiyahan. Yong mga bakulaw eh wala kagaya ni Abalos, Ligot, 50mil pabaon money sa mga corrupt generals, GMA and hubby, Euro generals, fertiliuzer scam, Mikey Arroyo-3 times winner ng sweeptakes, mga untouchables. Be fair naman. It’s still justice for all.

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