MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sacked from the government service two more officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their links to the alleged anomalous P410 million-worth repair and maintenance of the agency’s light armored vehicles.
Morales found evidence against Antonio Retrato and Eulito Fuentes, accounting division chief and supply accountable officer respectively, for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.
She also ordered the forfeiture of all their benefits and their perpetual disqualification to hold public office.
Her resolution reads: “[i]f the penalty of dismissal from the service can no longer be served by reason of resignation or retirement, the alternative penalty of fine equivalent to one year salary is imposed, in addition to the same accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification to hold public office.”
In August 2007, then PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Calderon initiated the request for repair and refurbishing of 10 V-150 light armored vehicles in connection with the PNP Special Action Force’s (SAF) capacity build-up program. Subsequently, former PNP Chief Gen. Avelino Razon also requested for a supplemental budget for the repair and refurbishing of another 18 vehicles.
An investigating panel said “public respondents circumvented the provisions of RA 9184 to take private firms Serpenair, Enviro-Aire, Evans, RJP, Dex-Lan and RKGK Enterprises as the direct suppliers.”
It also noted the government suffered injury in the amount of P409,740,000, representing the cost of the highly irregular transactions. It said the companies were given unwarranted benefit, undue advantage or preference as the contracts were awarded to them despite non-compliance with law and without actual delivery of goods and services at the time of payment.
She also earlier slapped administrative sanctions against eight PNP officers and two Commission on Audit (COA) auditors, and ordered the filing of criminal charges against 23 PNP officials and several other private individuals before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the same offenses.