Syjuco gets another graft case as ex-TESDA chief

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2018 02:17 PM

MANILA - Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Augusto Syjuco Jr. is facing trial for graft at the Sandiganbayan for an allegedly anomalous transaction in October 2007 for a computer management system worth P30 million.

Joining Syjuco in the graft case are Bids and Awards Committee officials Teodor Sanico, Buen Samarista Mondejar, Ernesto Beltran; Budget Division OIC Annabelle Quimbo; and Accounting Division Chief Guillermina Aguilar.

Private individuals Jason Dela Rosa and Emily Pacquing are also included in the charge sheet as President and Representative, respectively, of Prime Logic Corporation.

Based on the charge sheet of the Office of the Ombudsman, there was conspiracy among the accused as they “caused undue injury to the government by awarding the contract of services for the Integrated TET Management System thru the TESDA E-Portal (E-TESDA portal) to PLC in the amount of Thirty Million Pesos and subsequently approving the payment of PhP 30,000,000.00 to PLC, which sum was received by Dela Rosa and Pacquing as PLC’s representatives, despite several procurement irregularities and instances of fraud attending the transaction.”

The Office of the Ombudsman also said PLC was “technically and financially uquialified to undertake the e-Portal project” and “there was no valid source of fund or prior appropriation for the e-Portal project, contrary to the certification of Quimbo.”

The Ombudsman recommended the payment of P30,000 bail bond for each of the accused

Aside from his cases involving his position as former TESDA chief, Syjuco is also facing several charges as former Iloilo congressman for alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Funds.