Solon charged with Tesda overprice

Syjuco, several others face criminal case for 2009 equipment purchases



ILOILO CITY—The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General and now Iloilo 2nd district Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. in connection with the alleged P61-million overpricing in the purchase of Tesda training materials.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales signed a 52-page resolution on March 8 indicting Syjuco and 10 other respondents for three counts of violations of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), according to a statement issued on March 13 by the Ombudsman’s media affairs bureau.

Also charged with Syjuco were former Tesda Deputy Director General Rogelio Peyuan; directors Antonio Del Rosario, Ernesto Beltran and Teodoro Sanico; Western Visayas director Buen Mondejar; lawyer Marjorie Docdocil; Juanito Belda (chief administrative officer); Maximiano Montemayor (administrative officer); Francisco Fang (senior administrative assistant); and private respondent Vicente Roxas, president and chair of V.G. Roxas Co. Inc.

In a phone interview on Thursday, Syjuco slammed the Ombudsman’s decision as “baseless and done with undue haste” and part of “political persecution.”

Syjuco, who is seeking reelection in May, said the charges were filed 60 days before the elections and two weeks before the start of the campaign period for local candidates.

He said he is a “hero” rather than a “villain” since he had asked the National Bureau of Investigation to look into anomalies in Tesda.

The case against Syjuco started with a complaint filed in 2009 by the Public Services Labor Independent Confederation, a group of government workers alleging irregularities in the purchase of equipment for two Tesda programs—the Ladderized Education Program and Nordic Development Fund.

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  • pabloo6293

    one of the gloria boys, what do you expect?

  • diamond_digger

    This corrupt animal masquerading as a legislator has not only sucked TESDA of its precious yet meager resources but messed up with the learning institution with the outlandish if not funny books he caused to be published at great costs. He may prove his usefulness in teaching fellow inmates inside Munti. Jail him, madam ombudsman.

  • doublecross

    naku si siyuco pa, garapal ang corrupt nyan!

  • EOJ

    This loyal arroyo tuta is a reminder of how corrupt the previous administration was.

  • kismaytami

    Si puno na ka-barilan ni abnoy, kelan kaya iimbestigahan ng Ombudsman?

    • popeyee

      At saka si Lito Benayo na dating NFA administrator?

  • zeroko

    Iloilo 2nd district Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr deserves to get a lifetime imprisonment! This Chinese has got the better of him for being greedy. Now we see that even questionable characters like him can win in election by using the power of money. Same goes with Arthur Yap. In spite of being involve in expenses running in billions, he also became a Congressman. Senator Miriam Defensor is right, Filipinos are uneducated when it comes in selecting their candidates, Money talks louder than anything.

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