Ex-La­guna mayor charged with graft

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – El­iz­a­beth Marcelo

The Of­fice of the Om­buds­man has filed graft charges against a former mayor of Biñan, La­guna over the lo­cal govern­ment’s al­leged anoma­lous award of a con­tract amount­ing to P71 mil­lion for a solid waste man­age­ment project.

Her­mis Perez was charged on Oct. 5 with vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 3 (e) of Repub­lic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act for al­legedly giv­ing “un­war­ranted ben­e­fit, ad­van­tage and pref­er­ence” to Vic­tor Rojo, pres­i­dent of Et­saw Con­sul­tancy and Con­struc­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Tech­nolo­gies In­ter­na­tional Corp. (ECCE).

Based on the charge sheet pre­pared by As­sis­tant Pros­e­cu­tor Jorge Espinal, the con­tract was awarded to ECCE in Novem­ber 2001.

The con­tract was for project man­age­ment, doc­u­men- tation, in­stal­la­tion, test­ing, su­per­vi­sion and train­ings.

The om­buds­man said the con­tract was amended on March 25, 2002 to in­clude the sup­ply of Hy­dromex techonol­ogy-equip­ment for zero waste man­age­ment.

Aside from lack of pub­lic bid­ding, the om­buds­man said the con­tract was awarded to ECCE with­out rec­om­men­da­tion or ap­proval of the bids and awards com­mit­tee.

The om­buds­man said Perez also did not con­duct a back­ground check on the fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity of ECCE.

The project re­port­edly did not ma­te­ri­al­ize as the 5,000-square-me­ter lot pur­chased for the fa­cil­ity was in­stead used as an open dump.

Bail was rec­om­mended at P30,000.

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