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Ombudsman indicts Verzosa, 7 PNP officers for 'rubber boats' case
28 September 2012

       OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of graft charges against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Jesus Verzosa and seven other PNP officers before the Sandiganbayan for the anomalous purchase of 75 defective police rubber boats in 2008.

        Aside from Verzosa, charged for violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) were P/DDG Jefferson Soriano, P/DDG Benjamin Belarmino, Jr., P/Dir. Luizo Ticman, P/Dir. Ronald Roderos, P/Dir. Romeo Hilomen, P/CSupt. Herold Ubalde, and P/CSupt. Villamor Bumanglag.

      The case stemmed from the Complaint and Supplemental Complaint dated November 15, 2011 and February 17, 2012, respectively, filed by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (OMB-MOLEO).

In the 109-page Resolution signed on September 26, 2012, Ombudsman Morales affirmed the Special Panel of Investigators’ finding that there is showing that the government suffered undue injury in the amount of P131,550,000 with the irregular purchase of the rubber boats.

The Resolution describes that the procurement of the 75 police rubber boats (PRB) and 18 spare engines or outboard motors (OBM) was part of PNP’s Annual Procurement Plan for 2008 under its Capability Enhancement Program Funds.

        It narrated that the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee (NHQ BAC) conducted the opening of bids on September 9, 2008, wherein among the three proponents which participated in the bidding, only the Joint Venture of Enviro-Aire and Stoneworks Specialist International Corporation passed the eligibility and was set for post-qualification when typhoons struck the country. It added that the NHQ BAC recommended to the PNP Chief the discontinuance of the bidding process and the resort to negotiated procurement.

        In the Resolution, the Special Panel of Investigators pointed out that while the NHQ BAC stated that the resort to negotiated procurement was in response to the destruction wrought by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, the PRBs and OBMs were never used for the said purpose, as it “took roughly six (6) months or 180 calendar days from the time the alternative mode of procurement was adopted before the needed PRBs and OBMs were finally delivered or, it bears emphasis, long after typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng had occurred.”

      Records disclosed that the PNP entered into four (4) separate supply contracts all dated December 18, 2009 with the following suppliers: (a) EnviroAire for the supply of 93 units of OBMs with contract price of P44,175,000; (b) EnviroAire for the supply of 10 units of PRB with contract price of P11,650,000; (c) Geneve for the supply of 41 units of PRB with contract price of P47,765,000; and (d) Bay Industrial for the supply of 10 units of PRB with contract price of P11,650,000.

     It noted that upon delivery of the initial batch of PRBs and OBMs, the PNP Maritime Group through its Technical Inspection Committee on Watercrafts (MG-TICW) “discovered various deficiencies in these equipment, which make their use risky to end-users,” and that the boats and engines were not functional when fitted together, thus, unusable for PNP’s disaster operation efforts.

     The Special Panel of Investigators, which conducted the preliminary investigation, was co-chaired by Director Diosdado Calonge and Director Nellie Boguen-Golez, with Assistant Special Prosecutor Anna Isabel Aurellano, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Myra Sarmiento-Borromeo, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Israel Lay-at, and Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Christian Yap as members. 

     The charges as against the other 42 respondents were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

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