COA or­ders Provin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mark Tolentino, two oth­ers, to ex­plain

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The Com­mis­sion on Au­dit has or­dered Cebu Provin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mark Tolentino to ex­plain why he and two other of­fi­cials shouldn’t be charged for us­ing Capi­tol-owned ma­te­ri­als from the for­mer Balili prop­erty and do­nat­ing these for a drainage project in a sub­di­vi­sion where he lives.

Aside from Tolentino, also or­dered to ex­plain were Provin­cial Gen­eral Ser­vices Of­fi­cer Jone Sigfried Sepe and act­ing Provin­cial Ac­coun­tant Ra­mon Du­mayac.

In her or­der, COA Au­dit Team Leader Lolita Mercedes said that Tolentino, Sepe, and Du­mayac must present doc­u­ments to prove that the trans­ac­tion be­tween the Prov­ince and St. Michael’s Vil­lage in Barangay Bani­lad, Cebu City, is le­gal.

“Fur­ther, we would like to seek your com­ment why this trans­ac­tion can­not be con­sid­ered a vi­o­la­tion of any pro­hib­ited trans­ac­tions un­der Repub­lic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act,” Mercedes added.

Aside from do­nat­ing 10 cul­verts, Tolentino al­legedly re­quired 10 job-or­der em­ploy­ees work­ing for the Provin­cial Govern­ment to in­stall the cul­verts.

Tolentino de­nied that the do­na­tion was il­le­gal, say­ing it was cleared by the Prov­ince. He added that the salaries of the job-or­der work­ers who in­stalled the cul­verts were shoul­dered by the vil­lage.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, Cebu Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide III ad­mit­ted he was up­set when he re­ceived word of the trans­ac­tion af­ter he ar­rived from South Korea last week. “I was not aware that he had ini­ti­ated such a trans­ac­tion,” Da­vide said. He asked all three to an­swer COA.

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