Officials in Davao faces graft case

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The Office of the Ombudsman said on Wednesday it has charged former and incumbent officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Unit XI in Davao City with graft, Rappler reports.

Charges were filed over the mishandling of a Davao City lawmaker’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and other allocations worth P15 million.

Records in 2005 shows DA-Davao City officials purchased equipment and other materials without conducting pre-procurement and pre-bidding conferences, the Ombudsman office said in a statement.

In addition, officials have failed to publish an invitation to bid as required under the Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act No. 9184).

Facing multiple counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) are:

-Roger Chio (former Regional Executive Director) – 4 counts
-Romulo Palcon (former Regional Technical Director) – 3 counts
-Alma Mahinay (Chief, Finance Division) – 4 counts
-Godofredo Ramos (Administrative Officer) – 4 counts
-Onofre Nugal (Chief, Agricultural Engineering Division) – 2 counts
-Jamie Bergonio (former Chief Agriculturist) – 1 count
-Isagani Basco (former Chief Administrative Officer) – 1 count

“The wanton disregard of a plain and simple policy of the law that defeated the principle of transparency and competitiveness in the procurement process is sufficient to establish that respondents acted with evident bad faith, manifest partiality or gross inexcusable negligence,” the Ombudsman said.

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