THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered a nine-month suspension against a Negros Oriental city mayor for procuring construction materials worth P280,876.34 without the conduct of a bidding.
Ordered suspended was Tanjay City Mayor Lawrence Teves after he was found guilty of administrative charges of simple misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.
Aside from the suspension, charges of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) will be filed against Teves before the Sandiganbayan.
Also ordered suspended were Punong Barangay Denver Bokingkito and General Services Officer Bogard Colina.
Colina and Bokingkito, together with Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Mar Francis Saguran, will also be charged with graft.
Graft probers from the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman in the Visayas found that in 2011, respondents procured construction materials worth P280,876.34 for the repair of canals in Bgys. 5 and 6.
Documents showed that Teves resorted to Small Value Procurement without coursing the project through the bids and awards committee.
In his counter-affidavit, Teves claimed that “he approved the requisition believing that it will ultimately redound to the benefit of the city’s constituents.”
But in her order, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales stressed that respondents should have complied with the requirements of procurement under RA No. 9184, may it be public bidding or under the alternative method of procurement.
Morales also warned respondents that “a repetition or commission of the same or similar offense would be dealt with more severely.”