Ombudsman suspends vice-mayor in Negros Oriental city

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2016 07:17 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2016 08:01 PM

MANILA – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered a nine-month suspension of Tanjay City (Negros Oriental) Vice-Mayor Lawrence Teves over the allegedly anomalous procurement of construction supplies he approved as mayor.

The suspension came after he was found guilty of simple misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. 

Teves is also set to face trial for graft.

The case stemmed from the procurement of P280,876.34 worth of construction materials for the repair of canals in Barangay 5 and 6 in 2011.

Ombudsman investigators found that Teves violated the procurement law after approving the purchase through small-value procurement without coursing the project through the Bids and Awards Committee.
 
The Ombudsman pointed out that the purchase should be made through public bidding or other alternative modes of procurement.

"It is totally unacceptable that respondents, especially Teves, being the City Mayor, did not follow the law [as] respondents are expected to know the law and implement it to the letter."
 
Aside from the mayor, Punong Barangay Denver Bokingkito, General Services Officer Bogard Colina and former Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Mar Francis Saguran will also face a graft charge before the Sandiganbayan.