Ex-PNP chief Verzosa, 7 others face graft raps


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of graft charges against retired Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa and seven other ranking police officers in the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of 75 defective rubber boats worth P131.5 million in 2008.

In a 34-page order signed Feb. 12, Morales denied their motions for reconsideration and affirmed the earlier resolution of her office dated Sept. 26, 2012, finding probable cause to indict the accused.

Aside from Versoza, to stand trial are Police Deputy Directors General Jefferson Soriano and Benjamin Belarmino Jr., Directors Luizo Ticman, Ronald Roderos and Romeo Hilomen, Chief Supt. Herold Ubalde, and Chief Supt. Villamor Bumanglag for violation of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

All the respondents, except for Roderos, filed separate motions for reconsideration.

In denying their motions, the Ombudsman said the arguments presented by the respondents were “a mere rehash of their  initial arguments set forth in their counter-affidavits which we already considered, weighed and resolved before we rendered the resolution sought to be considered.”

The case stemmed from the complaint and supplemental complaint filed on Nov. 15, 2011, and Feb. 17, 2012, respectively, by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the military and other law enforcement offices (OMB-MOLEO).

Records showed that the PNP bought in 2008 through a negotiated procurement plan 75 rubber boats and 18 spare engines or outboard motors for the PNP Maritime Group under the Capability Enhancement Program Funds.

The PNP entered into four separate supply contracts dated Dec. 18, 2009, with Enviroaire, a supplier, for  93 units of outboard motors for P44,175,000, and 10  police rubber boats for P11,650,000; with Geneve, for the purchase of 41 rubber boats for P47,765,000; and with Bay Industrial for 10 units at P11,650,000.

The Ombudsman said that upon delivery of the first batch of rubber boats and outboard motors, the PNP Maritime Group, through its Technical Inspection Committee on Watercrafts (MG-TICW), found various deficiencies in the equipment, making them risky to users, while the boats and engines were not functional when fitted together, making them unusable for the PNP’s disaster operations.

The special panel of investigators that handled the case found that the government suffered undue injury in the amount of P131.55 million due to the irregular purchase of the rubber boats.

Morales earlier imposed administrative sanctions ranging from dismissal from the service and forfeiture of retirement benefits on the 11 accused high-ranking police officials.

In a decision dated Jan. 22, Morales declared Ubalde and Belarmino liable for gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct. The two were ordered dismissed from the service.

The Ombudsman also ordered the forfeiture of their retirement benefits and their perpetual disqualification from public office. If the penalty can no longer be served by reason of resignation or retirement, the alternative penalty of a fine equivalent to one year’s salary is to be imposed, in addition to the accessory penalties, the Ombudsman said.

Morales also found Police Director George Piano, Chief Supt. Luis Saligumba, Senior Supt. Job Nolan Antonio and Senior Supt. Edgar Paatan,  all members of the PNP’s inspection and acceptance committee, liable for simple neglect of duty. They were ordered suspended for six months without pay.

Joel CL Garcia, aka Joel Crisostomo de Leon Garcia, Ronald Lee, Ma. Linda Padojinog and Ruben Gongona, all members of the PNP national headquarters’ bids and awards committee and technical working group, were ordered suspended for one month without pay.

For his failure to take a “more proactive” stance as a member of the oversight committee and acting service chief of the Installations and Logistic Service, National Police Commission (Napolcom) Director Conrado Sumanga Jr. was given a stern warning by Morales to be more circumspect in the performance of his duties.

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  • speaksoftlylove

    Diskumpyado lang yang mga Kiram na kasama sa agreement between MILF, Malaysia, and the Philippines yong ancestral lands nila na Sabah and with good reasons. Humihingi yan ng kauulang bayad o royalties. It has been known that MILF fighters are Malaysian Mujahideens that is why Malaysia is supporting them. Take note that in all agreements with MILF, Malaysia is always in the forefront. Magpapakamatay yang mga tauhan ng mga Kiram dyan kundi sila pakikinggan, so they say.

    • at-large

       Bat ka nandito? pinag – usapan dito mga kawatan hindi mga muklo….usapan dito ng mga matitinong ta-o hehehehe  peace

      • chingnarciso

        Baka nalasing.Pasensiyahan na lang..

    • 33Sambuang2

      yabag man god ka. tan awa wala man ni sa discussion. buanga nimong pisot na bayot oi. baho kag tiktik animala ka

  • Guest

    Ombudsman Morales must be commended for getting to the bottom of the rubberboat scam. But she should not forget other high profile cases or she will be perceived as being selective and prosecuting the perceived enemies of Pnoy only.

    Here are a few references to help Ombdusman Morales:

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


    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.


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




    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

      Korek ka dyan, but ang Ombudsman, merong kinikilingan sa pagpapatupad ng imbestigasyon.

  • doublecross

    hehehehe…akala ko walang anomalya si jesus versoza, may dinale rin pala!

    • boldyak

      what is the participation of Versoza in the purchase?…do you know?…

    • Kairosphil

      jesus pa naman ang name!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Another PMAer going down the path where crooks, no matter how smart they are,  will be at the end of what could be a long way down a dark tunnel. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Correction Sir, NOT  another  PMAer  BUT  more appropriate is ” ANOTHER  BUNCH  OF PMAerS ” !  The AFP  should  do something  now, many  of  its  graduates  are  being  charged with GRAFT  even after  retirement  for  corrupt acts  committed  in their last years  in the AFP. THEY  CANNOT  REALLY  RESIST  TEMPTATIONS WHEN CONFRONTED    WITH  OPPORTUNITIES  TO  GET  RICH  WITH  MILLIONS  OF  PESOS . . .     DAPAT  ITURO  SA  LOOB  NG  PMA   KUNG  PAPANO  LALABANAN  ANG  MGA  TEMPTATIONS  NA  YAN  AT  HINDI  KUNG  PAPANO   LULUSOT. . .  


  • Hey_Dudes

    Remember the ‘Euro Generals’?  Yeah,  this general was not among those  who went to Russia on the pretext of police conference.  However, his wife did tag along and was said to own the euros confiscated at the Russian Customs.  It seems in spite of the loud noise Meriam Santiago let out when this was being investigated by her committee, nothing more has develop?  Talaga bang maigsi lang ang ating memorya mga kababayans?

    • tagalinis

      Palagay ko hindi maiksi ang memoria natin kundi ang mga reporters! Kasi, pag tapos na ang sensationalized na balita, hindi na nila sinusundan ito. Ang mangyayari, makakalimutan ito ng taong bayan.

  • johnlordphilip

    PMA=People Making Abuses
    After being educated and trained using people’s money, all they do is abuse the people’s money and violate human rights.

    • $19543087

      You are correct there!  Let us abolish the PMA!  It is a useless institution.  Instead of being the protector of the people, some of them are causing problems to the people.  People like Angelo Reyes, Carlos Garcia, Ligot, Villanueva, & many more!

  • $19543087

    What about Verzoza?  What is his penalty?  We want to know!

    • boldyak

      what is the participation of Versoza in the purchase?…do you know?…

  • calixto909

    Very commendable exercised of duty Ombudsman Morales. The Filipino people had been hankering for somebody like you to hold the Ombudsman position and now that you’re there performing to the tee well, people who wanted to live in a corruption free country are in high heaven. Keep up the good works Madam Ombudsman and your reward if it may not come from us but surely God shall convey it.

  • zeroko

    Three cheers for Combudsman Conchita Carpio Morales! Go for them! Sana ganoon din kabilis ang Complaint affidavit ko laban ke Former City Treasurer Victor Endriga PhD. Illegal Business rate sa taxes ang ginagawa ng Q.C. that is why it’s number one. 

    I just came from City Hall of Manila and got their Business Permit tax rate. After Manila LGU lost in their court case against Coca-cola in 2000 and the decision was handed down in 2006, Mayor LIm did not bother to increase the tax rate anymore. He knows that Businesses can not absorb high rate. Dito sa Q.C. baliktad. I filed my Complaint in the Office of the Ombudsman in year 2009, and they only accepted on whether there is a merit to my complaint last September 2012. Well, I just have to scratch my balls while waiting for the decision. However, in this recent tax payment on Business Permit this January, you will see in the eyes of the tax payers that they are very solemn and they are boiling mad inside. The tax here in Q.C. is so high. Cebu which only get a 5 billion pesos income having in mind that Cebu is a major tourist spot, have so many 4 star hotels, on the o ther hand, a residential community like Q.C. got 12 billion pesos!

    And this is one reason why I run as an Independent Mayor Candidate here. Sumosubra na ang mga namumuno sa Q.C. LGU. But, just wait. If I win the case,  I will file another complaint, this time conspiracy to cheat Q.C. Tax payers, immoral act, dereliction of duty, gross negligence to the detriment of the tax payers, and etc. I wil throw the book on them. Pati si Representative, dali rin siya. The biggest responsibility is on the Mayor because every year, he receives the FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION from COA. So, he can not invoke innocent. Besides,  there is such thing as innocence can not except you from legal consequence. 

    Nagpapasarap itong mga buaya sa Q.C. Local government. Little by little, the noose is getting tighter. First, COA restricted their freedom to spend tax money irregardless contrary to SOP. Then, COA instructed them to settle their liquidation cash advances. He he he. Dasal ko lang pagnatalo sila, wala na silang pambayad. Kung ako ay mananalo, huhubaran ko talaga itong mga abusadong mga nasa Q.C. LGU/ It’s time that the truth will come out.

    Ang hirap, lang, according to Mon Tulfo, ang class D and E sa ating society, handa parin ipagbili ang kanilang boto. Sabi ni Tulfo, “they are like cows being  herd towards the precincts.. 

  • Anak ng Naku Ewan

    Etong si Ret. Gen. Verzosa at members ng PNP Inspection & Acceptance Committee ay ‘suki’ na ng Ombudsman at Sandiganbayan if my memory serves me right. They are also implicated in that scandal of the used helicopters being passed on as brand new as exposed by Sen. Lacson with the former 1st Gentleman M. Arroyo as principal respondent of this expose. I am just wondering how these gentlemen face up their children and tell them to be honest and law-abiding now that this news of their impending trial is screaming out in the media. Nahi-hiya pa kaya sila?

    • 33Sambuang2

      sabi nga kung ang pinakain mo sa pamilya mo ay galing sa nakaw, magnanakaw din ang kalalabasan ng pamilya mo.

  • wawangpenoy

    Kung tutuusin, kayang-kaya ni erap na manalong senador pero ayaw nya ng basta senador lang. Unang-una, mabibisto na naman ang kabobohan nya sa senado at pwersado syang magtrabaho kahit papaano. Pangalawa, walang kwenta ang kita sa senador compared to a CEO of an entity, as in President of the Philippines and/or Mayor of Manila.

    Sa pagiging mayor, ikaw ang CEO ng Manila government and needless to say, Manila has a lot of promise when it comes to enriching oneself. Di nya kailangang magtrabaho. Pautos-utos lang at konting praise release ayos na lahat. As mayor, maililipat nya ang majongan from Malacanang to the Manila City Hall and also the happy hour he used to have at Malacanang almost nightly.


  • wawangpenoy

    WTF!!! The comment I did just below is supposed to be for another article. How this ended up here is beyond me. WTF!!!!!! Disqus is really screwing me up. 

  • Magsasaka

    mga magnanakaw na PNP generals, produkto din kaya sila ng philhipphine magnanakaw association?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    I dont want to single out the PMA  when it comes to corruption ! Marami ring corrupt  na  officers from the  ranks  of  ROTC.  There used to be rampant SELLING  of  ROTC  grades in almost all colleges and universities  in the country  . . . the reason why the  ROTC  course  was  abolished many  years ago. . . or no longer  made compulsory. Remember cadet Mark Welson Chua , the brave UST  cadet officer who was murdered  for exposing corruption in the ROTC . .  the mastermind  in the crime has not yet been caught up to this day . . 

    The AFP , PNP and the PMA should embark on total war against corruption. This campaign against corruption must be in- line with the concept of ” TUWID NA DAAN ” of President NOYNOY !! Sa training pa lang ng mga sundalo at pulis, dapat DERETSO na ! Walang baluktot ! Ang hindi makakasunod, sibakin na agad hanggat maaga. . .

    • $8278216

      Pabor ako sa iyo ka pedro,kaya lang may palabra de honor ang mga itong sinumpaan sa kanilang samahan ng mga naka uniporme sindikato kaya ninais pa ni reyes na mag patiwakal kaysa ipaalam ang katutuhanan sa boung bayan, mamili ka,ikaw na whistle blower na mag bubulgar sa kasamaan nila ang mamatay kasama na sampu man ng mga mahal mo sa buhay o manhimik na lamang at maki isa sa kanila?…ganyan ang corruption sa atin lalo na sa parti ng mga militar. Salamat po

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

        Iyong ninakaw ni Reyes nasaan na, habulin….

  • mapicchu

    finally…the case is moving…overdue na to…and its only the tip of the iceberg for verzosa…what about his trip to moscow with his wife? that was too much cash for a single trip, in DOLLARS!

  • johnlordphilip

    Great job Madam Ombudsman! I hope you will act on many other cases filed in your office. Pinoy should give you more resources and manpower to speed up things for change!

  • boldyak

    somebody want to pin down Versoza…if there are committees responsible for the purchase and were only suspended, why Versoza?..I may missed the participation of Versoza on that anomaly…will the President be charged if members of his cabinet committed anomaly?

  • pugadlawin

    WE know how corrupt the military is..
    This has led ANgela Reyes to Suicide…
    The NEWS would be is…. will any of them be JAILED? 

  • $14334231

    so now, is there a warrant of arrest being served to these people….and why, in heaven’s name, is this article out already?…shouldn’t these people get arrested first, then the story on why they were arrested?…..baliktad talaga dito sa atin…..pa epal muna…..palagay ko, walang mangyayari dito….baka may tumakas na bago dumating ‘yong mga aaresto….ms. carpio, akala ko daang matuwid ka….saka na ang papogi points…pwede po ba????….

  • kabaliktaran

    Maniniwala lang akong seryoso si Penoy sa pagtutugis ng corruption kung ang mga walanghiyang pulis na ito ay:
    1. pagbabayarin ng LAHAT NG NINAKAW NILA
    2. ikukulong habang buhay

  • John_Galt_II

    Walang mangyayari dito! Kung defective may lusot dahil hindi sila ang manufacturer. Overpriced at dapat graft and corruption ang kaso. Saan ka nakakita ng outboard motor lang kalahating milyon piso ang halaga? Isang magandang boat ba yan sa US.
    Si Versoza graduate ng PMA class “Magnanakaw”. One year ahead sila sa class” Mandarambong”.


    NATURAL!  PMA grad, e.   Na sa hanay at antas nila Reyes, Garcia, Ligot, Endane, Mendoza, Ermita, Cimatu, Defensor, Santiago, Lascon, Honasan, atmpb.  Sa ngayon, basta’t sinabing nagtapos sa PMA, ang nababasa ay PhPMA….class BS (bantay salakay).

  • tarikan

    I’ll bet my little sixth finger on my left hand that Ex-PNP Dir. Versosa and the 7 ranking PNP officers involved in the scam were PMA grads. I wonder what kind of ethics the faculty inside Fort Del Pilar is teaching these cadets. That motto at the gates of the Fort is for nothing? In fairness to the Academy this phenomenon of generals (retired or active) becoming controversially multi-millionaires is just during the recent past. The PMAers of the olden days were really Officers and Gentlemen.

    • 33Sambuang2

      correct. nong panahon ni marcos na nauso yan. walang general sa ngayon ang hindi nagkurakot

  • tarikan

    Tanong ko lang po. Bakit sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas halimbawa pag may contrata sa pagsuplay ng gamit ganito ang nangyayari: 1. Inferior ang quality. 2. Mataas ang presyo kesa dun sa superior quality. 3. Minsan ubos na ang pera pero kulang ang items. 4. Puspusang iginigiit ng mga pumirmang opisyales na benefecial sa gobyerno ang contrata kahit huli na ng COA. Hindi ko maintindihan mga tao sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas. Madalas nagsisimba naman.  

  • doublecross

    sabi sa PMA….no cheating…..!!!!!!!!!!!

    is this a JOKE….!!!!!!!!!

  • mulanay

    Buti nga sa inyo. Magdusa kayo, mga kurakot!

  • bayankopdi

    So each defective rubber boat costs 1,753,333 Pesos or 43,800 US DOLLARS each in today’s  exchange rate….Wow, if you can’t call this CORRUPTION…i don’t know what it is…ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES….UNTIL NOW WE DON’T SEE A GENERAL IN PRISON EVEN IF THEY STOLE MILLIONS….EVEN IF THEY ARE IN PRISON THEY ARE JUST IN THE NBI QUARTERS…

    • RHumabon

      Major General Carlos Garcia, former AFP Comptroller was convicted of the crime of corruption and is now serving time inside the Muntinlupa National Penitentiary. More Generals will be joining him if they are convicted in the Rubber Boats and used Helicopters cases. . .Hopefully, with lessons learned the cadets at the PMA and PNPA will now return to their Core Values.

  • bayankopdi


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q36YXIXHCFF74NOVR7MWRXYNGU RAMON

    napaka baba naman ng parusa sa mga ungas na ito “dismissal from the service and forfeiture of retirement benefits” lang? hindi ba pwedeng makulong o mabitay nalang ang mga ito para mabawasan naman ang mga buwaya in uniform?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    buong akala ni gardo ay masasalba siya sa mga kakaharapin niyan problema kung sasalungat siya sa magiging kagustuhan ni arroyo at iyon nga ang ginawa niya bago mag-halalan noong 2010 at iyon din  ang pinakamalaking pagkakamali niya.

    pag nagkataon ang maling akala ay magdadala sa kanya sa bilangguan.

  • Anqui

    These accused Officials have plenty of money to pay for high profiled Lawyers from what they stole from us.

  • echelon_guy

    Gone are the days where TRUE soldiers stand in their principles and ideologies; where gallantry and integrity at its FINEST ! The INTEGRITY, COURAGE AND LOYALTY to the constitution where they sworn to PROTECT is fast fading to the graduates of the once-so-famed P.M.A. The institution itself, is a PRIDE of every uniformed officer and their sacrifice in the name of patriotism. However, the institution is rocked by the scandals that involved its graduates, brings doubts about the foundation of the academy. I wonder what would be the PMA-YEERS say about these issues?

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