MANILA – The former governor of Oriental Mindoro and a president of a trading company were convicted of graft over the purchase of overpriced dump trucks back in 1993, the Office of the Ombudsman said.
Rodolfo Valencia, who served as governor of Oriental Mindoro from 1992 to 2001, was found guilty violating section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).
Also found guilty was Edelbert Uyboco, president of Gaikoku Trading Company. A co-accused, Carlo Maramot, then Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Government Services Office, was acquitted of the charges.
Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan said the 10 reconditioned dump trucks in 1993 that the Oriental Mindoro government purchased for P6,994,286 in 1993 were overpriced by P2,400,166.15. The overpayment represents the tax exemption privilege which should have been accorded to the province.
The court said the province purchased the trucks through direct procurement from Gaikoku without public bidding. It said Gaikoku, which acted as the import-in-charge, was paid in full despite the grant of tax exemption in favor of the province.
"These acts of accused Rodolfo Valencia constitute not only of fraud but also indicate a dishonest purpose or some moral obliquity, the conscious doing of a wrong, and a breach of sworn duty through some bad motive or intent or ill-will," the decision read.
Valencia and Uyboco were each sentenced to imprisonment of six (6) years and one (1) month as minimum to 10 years as maximum. They were also ordered to "jointly and severally indemnify" the province in the amount of P2,400,166.15, representing the excess payment made to Gaikoku.