MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman will soon file graft charges against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Jesus Verzosa and seven others in connection with the allegedly anomalous purchase of P131 million worth of defective police rubber boats in 2008.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales affirmed a resolution dated September 26, 2012 finding probable cause to file charges against Verzosa, P/DDG Jefferson Soriano, P/D Luizo Ticman, P/D Ronald Roderos, P/D Romeo Hilomen, P/CSupt. Herold Ubalde, P/DDG Benjamin Belarmino, Jr., and P/CSupt. Villamor Bumanglag for violation of Sec. 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).
In Morales’ latest order dated February 12, she said the respondents’ motions for reconsideration “are a mere rehash of their initial arguments set forth in their counter-affidavits which we already considered, weighed and resolved before we rendered the resolution sought to be considered.”
The issue stemmed from the purchase of several rubber boats in 2008 from the following: (a) Enviroaire for the supply of 93 units of outboard motors (OBMs) with a total contract price of P44,175,000; (b) Enviroaire for the supply of 10 units of police rubber boats (PRBs) with a total contract price of P11,650,000; (c) Geneve for the supply of 41 units of PRB with a total contract price of P47,765,000; and (d) Bay Industrial for the supply of 10 units of PRB with a total contract price of P11,650,000.
The PNP Maritime Group, through its Technical Inspection Committee on Watercrafts (MG-TICW), thereafter “discovered various deficiencies in these equipment, which make their use risky to end-users.”