Lim turns up the heat on Isko Moreno



The bickering continues.

This time, reelectionist Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim accused his vice mayor, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, of buying P7.3-million worth of rice last year in a transaction he said had been questioned by the Commission on Audit (COA).

Domagoso is the running mate of Joseph Estrada, Lim’s rival in the mayoral election, with whom the mayor has a running word war.

Lim said in a media forum on Monday that the COA had issued a memorandum asking why the procurement of 5,616 sacks of rice was paid as a cash advance instead of a check and why it was bought through a negotiated procurement instead of a competitive bidding procedure.

The COA also noted that “signatures in the list of beneficiaries have similar strokes as if signed by the same persons.” The addresses of the suppliers and the recipients of rice were also not indicated on the list.

A copy of the COA Notice of Suspension dated Oct. 9, 2012, showed that several officials, including Lim, were required to submit an explanation and supporting documents about the sale.

The officials were identified as Domagoso; Gerald Garra, special disbursing officer; Maria Lourdes Manlulu, city accountant; Marisa de Guzman of the City Treasurer’s Office; Rafaelito Garayblas, secretary to the mayor; Luch Gempis Jr., secretary to the council; Marijun Felipe, local legislative staff III; and Lim.

Moreno’s participation in the transaction showed that he certified the cash advances as necessary and legal and were incurred under his direct supervision and approved Program of Expenditures.

Garayblas said his and Lim’s signatures approving the cash advances and disbursement vouchers were made as a matter of standard operating procedure.

“That’s their trust fund. If we didn’t approve it, we would be accused of withholding their money,” Garayblas said.

“I think what caught the COA’s attention was there was only a single official receipt for each transaction, when the purchase involved 24 councilors,” Manlulu said.

The rice was bought on Jan. 19, 2012, for P3.74 million and on March 9, 2012, for P3.56 million.

Manlulu added that when the City Council requested the cash advance, the purpose stated was “for various programs and projects for the general welfare of the constituents.”

Gempis said he was “not fully aware of the particulars on this issue, but the vice mayor had already answered and had submitted the deficient documents required by COA.”

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  • Simplify1

    kaya naman pala kumampi si ISKO kay ERAP para ma-improve yung skills nya kung pano mag plunder! Kaawa awa ang maynila, kung manalo si ERAP at si Isko, paano na huhulihin ang mga magnanakaw sa city hall samantalang magnanakaw numero uno si ERAP…. Tiyak mga magnanakaw ng gobierno hihingi ng “pardon” sasabihin nila bakit si mayor mas malaki ninakaw sa bayan na bigyan ng pardon…

    • david

      birds of the same feather….. fly away

  • Fancy Tan

    Erap me balance pang P307M na dapat bayaran sa kaso Nya. Bayaran muna at saka bawiin pag mayor na ng Maynila okay?

    • droccu

      Why would an old man (ERAP) still waste his time with Manila in his twilight years and at the end of his political career? The only logical answer is he still needs to plunder the city coffers. ERAP NEEDS to WIN IN MANILA for him to be able to PAY for the P307M balance as a result of his plunder conviction.

  • nice_boy

    This is to remind Mayor Lim that his opponent is Erap Estrada. Going after Isko will not improve his chances against Erap. Keep your focus on the right target.

    • nes911

      Pinapakita lang dito na ang dumb and dumber tandem nila isko at erap ay partners din sa corruption at panloloko sa taong bayanng maynila.

      • wawa2172

        So how do you call the tandem of Lim and Isko then? More than dumb and dumber then at plastikan? LIm, Erap, Isko and the clown vice mayor of Lim, all I can say, anong kasalanan nang taga maynila at biniyaan sila nang walang kwentang mga politiko.

  • wawa2172

    Lim approved the transaction and it passes through proper channel with his signature stamping the seal of approval. Nag malinis pa ngayon si Lim na kasama sa listahan of those responsible sa negotiated deal sa pag bili nang mga bigas. The council with Isko noting that funds to procure the rice is available, just performed its ministerial fuction. It is the BAC that decides on how the rice would be procured: through bidding or negotiated deal. Naging bobo lang yata ang executive branch and allowed the procurement through negotiated deal because it was signed by all concerned officials of the city hall. Lim sabi mo mas matalino ka kay Isko, oh men, both of you are on the same level, isama mo ang vice-mayor candidate mo at si Erap. Kawawanag Manila, puro bobo ang mga kandidato.

    • nes911

      It was signed in good faith pero nanloko pala grupo ni isko moreno base sa coa’s findings. Kasuhan na lang sa ombudsman, pati na iyongnkaso ni isko tungkol sa kanyang mga ghost employees.

      • wawa2172

        Hmm…kasali si Lim sa reklamo nang COA kaya di lang si Isko ang damay. As i have said nag malinis si Lim, eh kasali naman siya sa complain sheet nang COA. During the good days they cover each others anomaly pero nag kalabuan sa eleksiyon. Lim is known to be a sour grape, he should not blame Isko on the rice anomaly dahil mag kasabwat sila sa reklamo nang COA.

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Sayang ka Isko, kung kailan ka nagkaedad saka ka naging corrupt. Isko started ok but got spoiled by his popularity.

    Ang arista nga naman kahit kailan artista rin.

  • pedronimo

    Bobo na lang ang Boboto Kay Erap at Isko. Si Erap ay naka-paligid na sa maka-pangyarihang niyang 3 anak na lalake, isang legal wife ex-senator, at isang kabit na Mayor- Naging Presidente na si Erapat nakulong na sa pandarambong at ngayon gusto pa uli maging Mayor ng Maynila. Sumalosep ka indo, que ganid naman ng taong iyan!

  • JosephNess

    ISKORAP…bagay pala ang tandem nila…angkop na angkop, sakto.. di ka na maghahanap sa malayo ng korap…tiyak yon…ika nga ni erap mike…

  • kumilos_tayo

    ERAP para MAGHIRAP hindi para sa mahirap. HAHAHAHA

  • kilabot

    here’s a tip to fred.
    isko has solid support from the lgbt community being one himself;
    like obama, it could spell the difference between winning and losing;
    manila demographics, lgbt constitutes 45% of electorates;
    fred needs to get a share of votes from this sextor;
    how, that’s his call.

    • nes911

      No such thing. Manilans are smart voters. Laos na si iskorap. Wala na syang balwarte except sa mga casino.

    • lolo_Jose

      miyembro ng ”federasyon” si Isko? Inang mahabagin, padami ng padami sila…

  • Billy Reyes

    Philippine daily Inquirer can you just stop mentioning in the news the bickering of politics in Manila. It put good thinking people in depression.. pls…

  • Eagle from davao

    Birds in the same feather -flock together. Why vote for a known womanizer, convicted plunderer,liar and outright crook for mayor?

  • ArmchairGeek

    Pwede palang lusot yung “matter of SOP” at hindi accountability yung pag-sign ng official documents :D

  • Ako_Hiking

    Corruption is only corruption when Aquino and Malacanang says so. There should be a clear set of guidelines to run after corruption and acts of corruption but it just seems that whoever Malacanang targets gets attacked…the others barely get a slap on the wrist.

  • Yet Jua

    i wonder why PDI allowed some comments that deemed to be inconsistent with their editorial standards….some commentators even used other people’s photo’s and identity in their commentaries but PDI is doing nothing about it….

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