Caloocan mayor faces graft raps anew

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2011 07:03 PM | Updated as of Sep 15 2011 03:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Another graft charge was filed against Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri at the Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday, this time involving an alleged anomalous purchase of overpriced multicabs for the city.

In a complaint filed by Caloocan Vice Mayor Egay Erice, he alleged that Echiverri purchased 150 units of multicabs priced at P250,000 each, when the same model can be purchased for only P165,000 each.

Erice said it cost the local government P100 million in barangay funds.

The vice mayor also alleged that Echiverri, together with 7 other local government officials, used 10% of the barangay shares of the business taxes collected by the city government from 2005 to 2011 to purchase the multicabs.

Also included in the complaint are city administrator Russel Ramirez, city treasurer Evelyn Garma, secretary to the mayor Kristine Abustan, city engineer Rolando Eduria, accountant Edna Centeno, general services officer Caroliza delos Santos and budget officer Jesusa Garcia.

The complaint was filed by Erice a day after the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Echiverri in another graft case also filed by the vice mayor.

The latest graft charge is the fourth filed by Erice against Echiverri. -- Report from Dennis Datu, radio dzMM