Mil­i­tary sup­ply of­fi­cer in gen­er­a­tors sale con­victed

Manila Bulletin - - News - By JUN RAMIREZ

A sup­ply of­fi­cer of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) based in Cebu City was sen­tenced by the Sandi­gan­bayan to 28 years in pri­son over the un­law­ful sale of four power gen­er­a­tors val­ued at 11.2 mil­lion, the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man an­nounced Fri­day.

Om­buds­man pros­e­cu­tors charged Engineer Dante Se­nen be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan in 2005 along with then Philip­pine Air Force (PAF) Brig. Gen Vladimir de­los Trino, Ma­jor An­to­nio Ja­son Gar­cia, and An­to­nio Ularte of Ed­uard En­ter­prises.

Se­nen re­mained at large dur­ing the trial, and was ap­pre­hended on No­vem­ber 21, 2011 in Camp Aguinaldo in Que­zon City, about six months af­ter the anti-graft court con­victed De­los Trino and Gar­cia. Ularte re­mains at large.

Se­nen was the of­fi­cer in charge of the gen­er­a­tors which were found to have been sold to Ularte for only 1800,000 with­out the ben­e­fit of pub­lic bid­ding.

The pro­ceeds of the sale have not been re­cov­ered.

In a 20-page de­ci­sion penned by As­so­ciate Jus­tice Sa­muel Mar­tires, the anti-graft court held that “the ev­i­dence pre­sented is suf­fi­cient to prove the guilt of the ac­cused as his ac­tions from the time of the dis­posal of the gen­er­a­tors amount to gross in­ex­cus­able neg­li­gence.”

“If ac­cused Se­nen is in­deed in­no­cent or un­aware of the grand plan of ac­cused De­los Trino and Gar­cia, he should have im­me­di­ately re­ported the in­ci­dent to his com­mand­ing of­fi­cer to prop­erly ad­dress the same or pre­vent the dis­posal of gen­er­a­tors,” Mar­tires added.

The anti-graft court or­dered Se­nen to in­dem­nify the govern­ment of the amount and pay a fine of 11.2 mil­lion.

In May, 2011, the Sandi­gan­bayan con­victed De­los Trino and Gar­cia of graft and sen­tenced them to up to 27 years in pri­son.

In the 2011 res­o­lu­tion, the court stressed that “the pros­e­cu­tion was ad­e­quately able to es­tab­lish that through the il­le­gal sale of the four gen­er­a­tors, the PAF of the AFP lost 11.2 mil­lion in rev­enue.”

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