CDO mayor faces another graft case for P4-M lease deal

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2018 12:27 PM

Cagayan De Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno (in red) speaks to reporters. ABS-CBN News File photo

MANILA - Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is facing another graft case before the Sandiganbayan for another contract entered into without public bidding when he was still provincial governor of Misamis Oriental.

In the information filed by the Office of the Ombudsman, then Governor Moreno gave undue advantage to Equiprent Corporation for the rental contract of an excavator from December 1 to 31, 2007 and January 1 to July 31, 2008.

The contract, which lacked public bidding and in the absence of any of the conditions justifying the resort to a negotiated procurement, amounted to P4,040,400.

Also included in the charge are then Provincial Administrator and Bids and Awards Committee Chair Patrick Gabutina, then Acting Provincial Budget Officer Elmer Wabe, then Acting Provincial Accountant Divina Bade and then Assistant Provincial Engineer Rolanda Pacuribot.

The recommended bail is P30,000 for each of the respondent.

Moreno was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman at least three times, in January this year and in August and June last year, for other heavy equipment lease cases.

However, he is still the sitting Cagayan De Oro City mayor after securing a temporary restraining order and status quo ante order from the Court of Appeals.