Palawan gov appeals graft indictment over water supply case

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2018 05:44 PM

MANILA - Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez has filed a motion for reconsideration in a bid to reverse his graft indictment for a water supply deal in Cagayan De Oro City in 2005.

Alvarez, who was a representative of Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc.(RVWCI), is a co-respondent of Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) board chairman Raymundo Java, vice chairman Sandy Bass Sr., general manager Gaspar Gonzales Jr. and other board members who were charged by the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman said that procurement documents showed that the water district board already gave the project to RVWCI for the Bulk Water Supply Project even before the opening of bids and despite the consortium's failure to submit eligibility requirements.

But in his motion for reconsideration, Alvarez maintained that there was no controversy starting from the holding of the public bidding in 2004 until the final implementation of the project in 2007.

"Respondent had all the reasons to believe, as anyone under the same circumstances would have been made to believe, that COWD undertook the bidding and the awarding process of the BWSP regularly and there was no reason for herein respondent, or for anyone else under the same situation, to have cast doubt on COWD’s representations," Alvarez said.

Alvarez also said that the charge against him should be dismissed as there was no proof that he acted in conspiracy with his co-respondents for the contract to push through.

“Mere general statements or conclusions of law, wanting in evidentiary support and substantiation, are not enough,” Alvarez said.