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A CATERPILLAR bulldozer that had been sold by the Butuan City government as scrap metal for P2 per kilogram is now looking new after its buyer reconditioned it, increasing its value to at least P1.3 million. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BUTUAN CITY—An aged piece of heavy equipment has become this city’s newest campaign season celebrity of sorts.

This after a local radio station displayed outside its offices the Caterpillar bulldozer that the city government disposed of as scrap metal for a measly amount, but which later ended up being sold for P1.3 million, documents show.

Norberto Pagaspas, the radio station owner himself, is the one who bought the piece of heavy equipment from Emmanuel Vacalares, whose ESV Trading Co. won the local government auction for its “unserviceable” heavy equipment and service vehicles in 2011.

Pagaspas claimed he was totally unaware of the circumstances surrounding the equipment, and had refused to use the machine when he discovered that it was “fraudulently” obtained by ESV Trading.

The Caterpillar on display outside the station of Radyo Trumpeta along J.C. Aquino Avenue is just one of the several pieces of heavy equipment and vehicles auctioned off by the city government in early 2011. Curious residents started to trickle in to the display area early this week.

According to government records seen by the Inquirer, the auction yielded an estimated 874,000 kilograms of scrap iron, sold at P2 per kilogram. Pagaspas pointed out that the average price of scrap iron at the time was P18.

At P2 per kilo, the local government earned around P1.7 million. It would have earned some P15.7 million had the average buying price of P11 per kilo been applied.

The auction was a subject of a 2011 graft case at the Ombudsman, which accused Butuan City’s chief of general services, Gemma M. Reserva, of maliciously declaring as “unserviceable” the auctioned heavy equipment and service vehicles.

According to sources in the know about the transaction, no system of appraisal was instituted when the pieces of government property were auctioned off.

The list of irregularities is long, they said. They included the involvement of people in heavy equipment matters who have no technological know-how to handle deals involving these pieces of equipment. They include Cresencio Bermudez, who works in the city legal office, and Roy Rosales, who works in the engineering department. Both have no credentials in the heavy equipment business.

Another irregularity, the sources said, is the absence of documentation of the weight of each unit that was auctioned off.

They said the town’s mayor, Ferdinand Amante Jr., should also be held responsible for the mess.

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  • Horst Manure

    Cresencio Bermudez, who works in the city legal office, no credentials in the heavy equipment business.

    And looks like the legal department as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

      Bermudez and Butuan City Legal Officer Liza Gonzales are only two of the five members of Committee of Bids And Awards formed by Amante. There are no cases filed so far on this alleged Butuan Monument of Scam . What scam are you talking about? Can PDI prove it that this is a SCAM? Aber! PDI should kick your correspondent out for making false accusations. Even groups like BARUG admitted they don’t have evidence that this is a SCAM PATAKA man lang mo! Think before you write BAYOT!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Filipinos have this knack of repairing things given our lack of resources buying new replacements. I recall during my youth having attended a vocational trade school in our province, we were given so many things specifically broken and almost throw away stuff and we’re told to repair, improvise or duplicate as our assignment. I used to fix a lot of transistor radios. You know, in those days, you have a “Radiowealth’ transistor radios and people consider you ‘astigs’ already. Which is why I am flabbergasted reading news like this except that knowing how corrupt government employees and officials are, this I suppose is pretty normal in government affairs. Hindi na nahihiya itong mga khawathan nobles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

      This I agree because this incident do not only happened in Butuan City but in almost parts of the Philippines by which LGUs just declare their property heavy equipment and vehicles and sell it on papers at low price but actually someone or some people are making money out of perceived to be scrap but actually still serviceable equiipment

  • dxdaistar

    Actually in offices or departments of the City Engineers or the DPWH, there so much corruption and and non-qualification of management. Imagine in the Equipment Department (Light & Heavy), a Civil Engineer heads it or manages it. How in the hell is a Civil Engineer qualified to head an Equipment Department filled with Mechanical Equipment. To start with, this is corruption in the appointment in a certain position. Look at the Office of the Building Official (OBO), inspectors are checking/approving/disapproving the works and design of a Professional Mechanical Engineer or a Professional Electrical Engineer when this inspector is not a Professional ME or EE respectively. The OBO also gives Mechanical or Electrical Compliance to buildings and establishments even when there is no compliance or are in violations of Republic Acts. Is it because of envelops given to them. Calling the Secretary of the DPWH, the DILG and President Pnoy to look into this rampant corruption in government. Daang matuwid na tayo di ba?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    AND DO YOU THINK THIS IS AN ISOLATED CASE? AND WHAT ABOUT THE USED CHOPPERS OF ARROYO SOLD AS BRAND NEW AND OVERPRICED AT THAT ! ABER !!

    • alex ca

      yan ang the best example ang helekopter ni wheelechaired president…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    How much money does this gay author from Surigao City made unknowingly by PDI management? There is no actually no single charges against Butuan City Mayor Amante on this Please I challenged Mr. Adorador the PDI correspondent if he can present document that there is a case filed vs. Amante. This is clearly a political gimmick prepared by the camp of Joboy Aquino

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    Akala ko PDI number one sa katotohanan why your PDI correspondent from Surigao City Dani Adorador did not even get the side of Mayor Amante, Cris Bermudez and Butuan City Legal Officer Atty. Anna Liza Gonzales on this issue. What Monument of BUtuan Scam? according to Mr. Adorador. Maybe he is the one who is the SCAM?

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    Will you at PDI kicked out this Adorador? He is not writing the truth akala ko ba sikat ang PDI di pala. Look!the scrap as what Adorador described were not auctioned or even sold by kilos. Where did he get the figures? In the air or sea of homo dreams?

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    Hoy Mayor Scrap ano pa hinintay mo filean mo ito ng LIBEL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    This news is tainted with lies and pure cheap political gimmickry. Here’s why; One, this so called scrap were not sold by kilos, where do these figures of kilos came from? Check the Ombudsman document which was originally taken from the 2011 case filed against Butuan General Services Chief Gemma Reserva. of why lawyer Lua and another complainant Edgar Rivero did not include Mayor Amante and all those who signed in the documents that lead to the approval of sale puzzled me until now! Second, there is no evidence yet that this is a Monument of Butuan Scam, no case filed, no probe made who says this is a SCAM! My challenge to all FILE CHARGES ASAP VS> AMANTE et all. Why they are not filing this is because everyone at Butuan City Hall including the City Council which is sleeping on this will be included in this mess! And they don’t want to drag other names in this perceived scrap scandal because their main purpose is only to destroy Amante politically. Me, I wanted AMANTE and all involved in this anomaly JAILED !

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    Why not blamed Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun who is presiding officer and leader of the City Council. City Council should have investigated this long time ago, Matagal nang kaso na ito noong 2011 pa. If only the city council conducted probe on this di sana tapos na ito na filean ng ng mga kaso itong mga may kasalanan. Bakit di ginawa kasi gusto nila selective justice wag isali mga kaibigan nilang sangkot! lalo na si ambisyosong Law

  • http://www.facebook.com/leodegario.anselmo Leodegario Anselmo

    KAYA WARNING TO ALL JOURNALISTS DYAN SA BUTUAN OR IN CARAGA REGION THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE, INVESTIGATE FIRST< GET ALL SIDES OF THE COIN AND IT IS ONLY THERE YOU KNOW THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT THE TRUT, in the case of Adorador he did not investigate he only investigate the content of the envelop

  • joboni96

    ganyan magnakaw sa gobyerno

    sell low, buy high
    ang cutkong sa bulsa

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincentbrix.biol.7 Clark Rex Biol

    Si Leodegario Anselmo tinitira ang messenger, instead of the message. Bakit gusto mo bang pumalit bilang PDI corrrespondent sa Caraga?

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