Ex-Leyte mayor charged with graft over 'ghost' water project

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2018 12:48 PM

MANILA- Former Carigara, Leyte Mayor Anlie Apostol has been charged with graft by the Office of the Ombudsman over an allegedly anomalous rehabilitation project of a small water impounding system in 2010.

The Carigara municipality was found to have received P6 million for the said water project in Barangays Binibihan, San Isidro, and Paglaum, the Ombudsman's Field Investigation Office in Central Visayas said.

A total of P5,417,852.82 was also paid to New Leyte Ever Hardware company for construction supplies but investigators discovered that there was no actual delivery of supplies.

Supply officer Crescente Precia admitted that Apostol "commanded" him to sign the acceptance and inspection report despite the non-delivery of the purchased supplies.

"By releasing the amount of P5,417,852.82 to New Leyte Ever Hardware sans delivery of the materials/supplies procured, respondent undoubtedly caused undue injury to the municipality of Carigara," the Office of the Ombudsman said.

In a related administrative case, Apostol was also slapped with a dismissal order for grave misconduct, as well as other penalties such as perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and being barred from taking the civil service examinations.

Precia, on the other hand, was found guilty of simple misconduct with a lesser penalty of suspension for three months.

But in the case of the two officials who are already separated from government service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to 1-year salary for Apostol and 3 months salary for Precia.