Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has approved the filing of graft charges against former Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) Postmaster General Hector Villanueva, Chief Executive Staff Juliana Dimalanta and Assistant Executive Secretary Antonio Corrado in connection with the allegedly illegal appointment of Corrado as PPC legal/management consultant.
Corrado also faces three counts of violation of Section 7(b) (2) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act or RA 6713) that prohibits acts and transactions of public officials or employees.
It was alleged that from 2006 to 2010, Corrado simultaneously held the positions of legal/management consultant to the Office of the Postmaster General and Assistant Executive Secretary in the Office of the President.
He also received allowances, honoraria and salaries amounting to P1,050,000 from PhilPost.
Morales said the engagement of Corrado’s services did not comply with requirements under the Government Procurement Reform Act (RA 9184).
“[T]he President, Vice President, the Members of the Cabinet and their deputies or assistants shall not, unless otherwise provided in this Constitution, hold any other office or employment during their tenure,” she noted.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman suspended six other PhilPost officials for three months without pay for simple neglect of duty for failing to notice and object to Corrado’s “questionable” claims for reimbursement expenses.
These were Accountant V Gloria Miranda, Accounting Department Manager Marietta Bertillo, Financial Analyst III Veneracion Tuason, Accountant IV Eden Gallevo, Financial Analyst IV Evelyn Bañares and acting Chief Accountant Olivia Panganiban.