Military supply officer in generators sale convicted
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.”