CDO exec Oscar Moreno ordered dismissed anew

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman issued another dismissal order against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno in relation to alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as Misamis Oriental governor.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found former Moreno and three other officials guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and ordered their dismissal.

Also found administratively liable were Elmer Wabe (former acting provincial budget officer of Misamis Oriental), Patrick Gabutina (former provincial administrator) and Rolando Pacuribot (former assistant provincial engineer).

The dismissal order carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and bar from taking the civil service examinations.

In a decision approved on Dec 12, 2017, Morales directed the secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to implement the order.

The anti-graft body found that from October 2009 to October 2010, the province entered into several lease agreements with Equiprent Corporation for the use of heavy equipment totaling P2,963,520.

The Commission on Audit (COA) issued a special audit report concluding that “the rental of heavy equipment and the disbursement for payments were irregular due to deficiencies such as lack of public bidding and the necessary documents as required under Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act).”

The COA report also found that “the mode of procurement indicated in all the purchase orders for each payment was through public bidding, but no proof was shown that a public bidding was conducted. Also, at the time of the alleged bidding, Equiprent was not registered with the PhilGEPS as required under R.A. No. 9184, and in awarding the contract to Equiprent, the required documents were not submitted.”

The COA then issued a notice of disallowance on Nov. 10, 2014.

Morales, in a decision, said that “the said acts show a clear intent to violate the law on procurement and a flagrant disregard of established rule, and definitely gave a bad image to public service, tantamount to Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.”

Based on the records, the respondents along with Elsie Lopoy, and Leemar Tinagan have already received 36 dismissal orders for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, pertaining to the heavy equipment leased without public bidding.

All 48 cases were filed by Antonio Nunez, a self-proclaimed anti-corruption crusader.

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