The Office of the Ombudsman has indicted Anda, Bohol Mayor Angelina Simacio for supposed violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the construction of an allegedly overpriced multi-purpose center in 2013.
Under Section 3(g) of the law, the act of “entering, on behalf of the government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit thereby” is penalized.
The Ombudsman also found Simacio guilty of simple neglect of duty and ordered her suspension for three months.
Investigation had found that Simacio initiated the Anda Multi-Purpose Building project, contracting A.S.O Construction with a P2.5-million funding from former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's Priority Development Assistance Fund.
In 2013, the Commission on Audit issued a memorandum ordering the Anda local government to return P754,517.36 in public funds spent on supposedly high labor costs and an overestimate in the quantity of steel bars for the project.
The Ombudsman noted that Simacio, as the mayor, should be held responsible as she headed the procuring entity.
“She signed the contract, which incorporated the bid documents including the Bid Prices and Bill of Quantities and the Detailed Estimates. Moreover, she caused the disbursement of P2,498,923.50 based on the Accomplishment Reports submitted by A.S.O. Construction, which she notably approved. Clearly, she is not beyond reproach,” the Ombudsman said.