BCDA clears Clark exec of corruption charges
CLARK FREEPORT — An investigation committee formed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has cleared Noel Manankil, Clark Development Corp. (CDC) president, of corruption allegations, paving his return to work here on Wednesday.
“The committee found that there is no factual basis and credible evidence to support your involvement in corruption,” BCDA president and chief executive officer (CEO), Vivencio Dizon, informed Manankil in a letter dated July 17.
“As such, the investigating committee recommended to allow you to return to work from your leave of absence and to continue with the performance of your duties.”
Dizon, head of the committee, submitted the same letter and investigation result to CDC chair Jose de Jesus.
BCDA is the agency overseeing CDC and several other state firms tasked to develop former United States military bases into economic hubs.
“In light of the foregoing, you are hereby directed to come back from your leave of absence as soon as practicable and resume the performance of your functions as president and CEO of CDC,” Dizon said.
Manankil reported for work on Wednesday morning. He welcomed well-wishers for 30 minutes and met with heads of CDC departments.
In his letter, Dizon urged Manankil to “understand the necessity” of conducting the investigation, which was started on June 30 after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would fire a Clark official if it was proven that he asked for P2 million from an investor.
Mr. Duterte did not name any official but Manankil quickly took a leave of absence.
The Inquirer learned that the reports that reached Mr. Duterte were related to the continuing quarrel over quarry fees by two Aeta groups, one of which was backed by a Korean investor.
Manankil issued this group a notice of violation for putting up a sand sifting machine without securing the approval of the CDC and other government agencies.
The Clark Investors and Locators Association said none of its 183 members reported being victims of extortion by CDC executives in exchange for permits to operate in the Clark Freeport.
Manankil, 46, has worked at the state-owned body for 21 years, rising to the post of vice president for finance before becoming the first CDC president to come from the ranks.
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