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Patrol cars case filed vs. Monico


Criminal and administrative complaints were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas against former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella and eight members of the Bids and Awards Committee for the alleged irregularity in the purchase of 10 police patrol cars.

The charges were filed by Sammy Montoyo Sr., one of the convenors of the Save Bacolod Movement.

Montoyo said yesterday also included in the complains are Jerome Solinap, Victor Emmanuel Espina, Dr. Maria Agueda Trinidad de la Torre, Ephraem Hechanova, Mae Cuaycong and Maximino Sillo, former BAC chairman, secretariat head, vice chairman and members, respectively, former supervising administrative officer Roger Dulano and former special operations officer IV and disaster Risk Reduction Management officer, for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and the Revised Administrative Code of 1987 on the Civil Service Commission.

In his compliant-affidavit, Montoyo said Bais filed an obligation request on March 4, 2016 requesting for disaster response and rescue equipment amounting to P8.5 million, and on March 7, a purchase request was filed for 10 brand new utility vehicles with an estimated cost of P8.5 million.

Montoyo said that when he compared the dates of advertising/posting of invitation to bid and the pre-bid conference, it was patent that the procurement process for the contract procurement of motor vehicles for use in disaster/emergency quick response amounting to P8.5 million according to the prescribed rules and regulation of R.A. 9184 by the BAC memberseven in the pre-bid conference level was not followed.

As a consequence of the seemingly inordinate haste in the procurement process, the contract procurement only had one bidder, Fast Auto World Phils. Corp., who submitted its bid form documents on the very day of the bid conference on March 23, 2016, he said.

Montoyo said the bid conference and opening of the technical and financial envelop of the sole bidder was held on March 23 instead of March 27, 2016. The four day difference had likely impeded and violated the spirit of competitive bidding as intended in the passage of R.A. 9184.

He said there existed alleged conspiracy among the respondents to circumvent both the procurement process and Commission on Election ban, as well as to commit technical malversation by reason of the mode and manner in which their offenses were committed that may not necessarily need direct evidence.

Montoyo said the respondents are also liable for violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act, the Philippine Disaster Risk reduction Management Act of 2010, the Revised Penal Code, and R.A. 3019, as well as the Revised Administrative Code of 1987.

Solinap said they will file their answer once they receive a copy of the complaint.*CGS


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