Lanao water exec faces graft rap over P10M ghost project

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2017 04:56 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of malversation and graft charges against Tugaya Water District acting general manager Jamaloden Faisal for a P10 million water supply system construction in Tugaya, Lanao del Sur, which turned out to be a ghost project. 

According to the Office of the Ombudsman, records showed that Faisal received P10,074,680.00 as part of the initial funding for the water supply improvement project. 

Also during the fact-finding investigation conducted by the field investigation unit of the Ombudsman in Davao City, it was found that the water project was non-existent and that fake liquidation documents were submitted by respondents to support the ghost project. 

“The fact that the water supply improvement project is non-existent is sufficient proof to engender a well-founded belief that public funds were misappropriated for respondent Faisal’s own private use or benefit,” stated the Resolution. 

Also included in the charge sheet of the Ombudsman is Alikahn Ebrahim of Nascon Builders.The Ombudsman said that a representative from Nascon Builders attested that “the firm was not involved in the project.”