Ex-PAGCOR chair, 10 others face plunder raps

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2016 01:16 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2016 05:23 PM

Former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Cristino Naguiat, Jr. (left) with President Aquino during an inauguration of a PAGCOR school building project in Cavite on April 1, 2016. Benhur Arcayan, Malacañang Photo

Over lease of former Army and Navy Club property

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - Officers of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) filed plunder raps on Monday against former officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), led by its former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Cristino Naguiat, for the P3.21-billion, 15-year lease of space of the former Army and Navy club on Roxas Blvd., Manila for purposes of putting up a casino gaming facility.

Charged along with Naguiat by complainants Dante Jimenez, VACC founding chairman/president, and Arsenio Evangelista, VACC board member, are the following PAGCOR ex-officers:

- Jose S. Tanjuatco (Board of Directors member);
- Enriguito M. Nuguid (director);
- Eugene G. Manalastas (director);
- Atty. Jorge V. Sarmiento
- Milagros Pauline L. Visque (Bids and Awards Committee);

- Ramon Jose E. Jones (BAC);
- Romeo R. Cruz, Jr. (BAC);
- Annalyn Zoglmann (BAC);
- Atty. Kathleen G. Delantar (BAC); and
- Manuel B. Sy (BAC)

The subject lease contract was awarded to Vanderwood Management Corporation, for reportedly submitting the "single calculated responsive quotation (SCRQ)."

The award of the lease contract was found to be "highly irregular and anomalous" by the Office of the Supervising Auditor.

The auditor's findings noted that the lot, is owned by the City of Manila and already leased to Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corporation, which, in turn, subleased the property to Vanderwood.

The report also pointed out that aside from the fact that the former Army and Navy Club was declared a national historical landmark in 1991, the property also falls "within the portion of the Museo ng Maynila Complex."

The auditor also noted that PAGCOR released P234-million to Vanderwood "despite the fact that the premises to be leased was not existing at the time of the execution of the contract. "

"Considering that there was no leased premises to speak of, the disbursement of P234,000,000.00 was irregular and, therefore, disallowable in audit pursuant to [Commission on Audit] Circular No. 2012-003 dated October 29, 2012," the complaint read.