Gadon eyes criminal raps vs SC personnel tagged in Sereno's alleged offenses

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 26 2018 08:55 PM

MANILA - Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon is poised to file criminal and administrative cases against Supreme Court (SC) officials and employees who allegedly figured in various issues in connection with his impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Gadon said he would prepare the appropriate cases against SC officials and employees when impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives wrap up. 

He bared this after filing a criminal complaint against Sereno at the Department of Justice for allegedly failing to file the required Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) for 17 years while she was still with the University of the Philippines. Sereno's camp has branded the move as "desperate."

Gadon said the cases involve, among others, alleged anomalies surrounding the procurement of a P5.1-million Toyota Land Cruiser as service vehicle for Sereno and the hiring of an information technology consultant with a monthly salary of P250,000 - among grounds cited in his impeachment complaint against the chief magistrate. 

“Violation 'yun ng Government Procurement Act… 'yung sa hiring ng IT consultant, isipin niyo ni-renew nila ng 6 times without bidding kahit nagbago na 'yung terms of reference, nagbago pa pati presyo. We’re talking here of a set of entirely different contracts. Hindi nila dinaan sa bidding dahil assumption nila dumaan na nung una,” Gadon said.

“'Yung sa Toyoto Land Cruiser, from the start nag-branding na 'yung kotse, isipin mo… pati kulay, pati presyo, bawal 'yun eh. Lahat ng papeles nakabranding talaga,” he added. 

Gadon was referring to regulations under Article VI, Section 18 of the Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act No. 9184), which states that: “Specifications for the Procurement of Goods shall be based on relevant characteristics and/or performance requirements. Reference to brand names shall not be allowed." 

Ma. Carina Cunanan, the High Court's procurement head and assistant chief of administrative services, had told the House Committee on Justice at the resumption of the impeachment hearing earlier this month that consultant Helen Macasaet was hired through an “alternative bidding” process.

The Sereno camp, meanwhile, earlier said the SC en banc approved the purchase of the Chief Justice's service vehicle.