MANILA, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Representative Arturo Radaza has pleaded “not guilty” to a 2008 graft charge filed against him and several others by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged irregular purchase of lamp-posts.
Radaza denied allegations that he purchased overpriced lamp-posts erected during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2007.
Aside from Radaza, also facing graft charges are former Department of Public Works and Highways Region VII director Robert Lala; assistant regional director Gloria R. Dindin; assistant regional director and bids and awards committee (BAC) chairperson Marlina Alvizo; maintenance division OIC-chief Pureza Fernandez; BAC members Crescencio T. Bagolor; Agustinito Hermoso; Luis Galang; Restituto Diano; and technical working group members Ayaon S. Manggis, Marilyn A. Ojeda and Teresa B. Bernido.
Also included in the charge sheet are city engineer Julito H. Cuizon; assistant city engineer Fernando T. Tagaan Jr.; engineer IV Rogelio D. Veloso and private defendant Isabelo A. Braza; and president and chairman of supplier Fabmik Construction and Equipment Supply Company Inc.
The prosecutors alleged that the P83.93 million street- lighting facilities were over priced by more than P13 million and should have only cost P65.89 million.
Radaza was the mayor of Lapu-Lapu when the contract was signed.