Zambo town mayor, eight others sacked

A FORMER town mayor of Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur was perpetually disqualified from holding government service while eight other officials were dismissed from the government service due to anomalous purchase of heavy equipment in May 2011.

The Ombudsman imposed the disqualification penalty to former Mayor Francisvic Villamero who served as the mayor until 2016. The graft-investigating body also fired Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) officers Roberto Sayson, Loreto Peñaranda, Rogelim Cabrales, Noe Gozalo, Ricardo Solis, Wilfredo David, Jovito Ondiano and Solomon Donor.

The Ombudsman found them guilty of grave misconduct.

They were all meted out the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from re-employment in the government service, cancellation of eligibility, and forfeiture of retirement benefits.

In case of separation from the service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to their respective salaries for one year.

Meanwhile, the Ombudsman also filed criminally charges against the nine officials for alleged violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).

Also included in the charge sheet is Cesario Advincula, Jr., the president/chief executive officer of IVAN CARR Industrial Supply and Construction, Inc. (IVAN CARR).

The investigation of the Ombudsman found out that in May 2011, the town procured one unit of Chenggong MG1320C motor grader amounting to P9.45 million from IVAN CARR.

In indicting the respondents, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said that “there is evidence to prove that respondents conspired, with manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence, to rig the procurement process in order to award the contract to IVAN CARR. Taken together, the aforementioned irregularities undermined the principles of transparency and competitiveness in the bidding process.”

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