Mayor Moreno slapped with more graft charges as dis­missal or­der un­der ap­peal

Business World - - THE NATION -

FOR­MER MISAMIS Ori­en­tal gov­er­nor Os­car S. Moreno, now the mayor of Ca­gayan de Oro City, will be fac­ing more graft charges in con­nec­tion with the lease of heavy equip­ment from 2007 to 2012, which the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (CoA) has dis­al­lowed. In 16 sep­a­rate res­o­lu­tions, Om­buds­man Con­chita Car­pio Morales or­dered the fil­ing be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan of 18 counts of vi­o­la­tion of the Anti-Graft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act (Repub­lic Act No. 3019) against Mr. Moreno. In re­lated ad­min­is­tra­tive cases, the Om­buds­man has al­ready held Mr. Moreno guilty of grave mis­con­duct, se­ri­ous dis­hon­esty, and fal­si­fi­ca­tion of pub­lic doc­u­ments, among other charges. He was or­dered dis­missed from ser­vice in early June and meted the ac­ces­sory penal­ties of per­pet­ual dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice, for­fei­ture of re­tire­ment ben­e­fits, can­cel­la­tion of el­i­gi­bil­ity, and bar from tak­ing civil ser­vice ex­am­i­na­tion. The dis­missal or­der is un­der a pend­ing re­con­sid­er­a­tion case be­fore the Court of Ap­peals. In­cluded as Mr. Moreno’s co-ac­cused are sev­eral for­mer provin­cial of­fi­cials, namely: Div­ina Bade, Can­cio Gui­bone, Elmer Wabe, Pa­trick Gabutina, Rolando Pacuri­bot, Danilo Ma­putol, Elsie Lopoy, and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Aide Leemar Ti­na­gan. The COA Spe­cial Au­dit Re­port on equip­ment rental of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment of Misamis Ori­en­tal for 2007 to 2012 “re­vealed that the road main­te­nance pro­gram of the prov­ince re­ceived the big­gest share of the nonof­fice projects and that the ex­penses for rental equip­ment is the third-big­gest ex­pen­di­ture un­der main­te­nance and other op­er­at­ing ex­penses. The CoA also stated that the dis­burse­ments for equip­ment rental were ir­reg­u­lar, with trans­ac­tions amount­ing to P20,500,000.00 con­sid­ered as fic­ti­tious as sup­pli­ers de­nied par­tic­i­pa­tion in the bid­ding process.” Mr. Moreno and his co-ac­cused provin­cial of­fi­cials also al­legedly did not con­duct any pub­lic bid­ding for the mul­ti­mil­lion peso lease deals.

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