Cagayan de Oro mayor gets third dismissal order

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 03 2018 08:08 PM

Cagayan De Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno (in red) speaks to reporters. ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has issued another dismissal order against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno after he was found guilty of several charges over questionable heavy equipment lease contracts when he was Misamis Oriental governor.

Moreno was found guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

He was also ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman in June and again in August last year over other questionable heavy equipment lease contracts, but he was able to secure temporary restraining orders from the Court of Appeals.

The Ombudsman's investigation found that the province entered into several lease agreements with Equiprent Corporation for the use of heavy equipment totaling P2.964 million from October 2009 to October 2010.

The Ombudsman noted in its latest dismissal order that the Commission on Audit had found that the rental and payments made by the provincial government at the time "were irregular due to deficiencies such as [the] lack of public bidding and necessary documents as required under Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.” 

Also found administratively liable were former Acting Provincial Budget Officer Elmer Wabe, former Provincial Administrator Patrick Gabutina and former Assistant Provincial Engineer Rolando Pacuribot.

Moreno is also facing a graft charge before the Sandigabayan for leasing a residential building for a sports program without specific authorization from the city council.