The Ombudsman orders to file complaints of graft charges on May 13 against six Department of Budget and Management officials in connection with the acquisition of second-rate inflatable rubber boats.
“The boats were deemed substandard as they are not equipped with intercommunication or inflation valves, over-pressure valves and roll-up floor. Instead of military model boats, the boats purchased were “sports model,” the Ombudsman said.
It was also revealed that they have given a falsified technical evaluation report and post-qualification report.
Undersecretary Evelyn Guererro, Director IV Lourdes Santiago, Procurement Management Officer III Mervin Ian Tanquintic, Procurement Management Officer V Julieta Lozano, Administrative Assistant III Alvin John Perater and ad hoc member Lt. Malone Agudelo face charges for infringing Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).
Anthony Hernandez of JOAVI Philippines Corporation will also face said complaint as it sold boats to the government way back 2010.
Several procurement violations in the acquisition of the rubber boats were uncovered such as JOAVI’s non-compliance with the DBM-PS technical specifications as the rubber boats were not equipped with intercommunication or inflation valves, over-pressure valves and roll-up floor; tailor-fitting the technical specifications to conform with the model exclusively distributed by JOAVI; and the submission of falsified technical evaluation report and post-qualification report.
The Resolution stated that “the participation of each of the respondents in perpetrating the scheme to defraud the government is so essential as a link to a chain that the desistance of any of them would prevent the chain from being completed.”
Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 punished any public official who “cause any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or give any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.”