ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr.
has reinstated the commander of the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC) who was earlier suspended for alleged involvement in an P80-million procurement anomaly.
Reinstated to his post effective January 12 for lack of evidence was Brig. Gen. Normando T. Sta. Ana Jr.
Also cleared were Sta. Ana’s three co–accused, namely: Col. Rogelio del Rio, Acting Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics; Lt. Col. Florencio Ritchie Capulong, Special Disbursement Officer, and Maj. Neil Bugarin, chief, Management and Fiscal Office.
Catapang ordered their relief in October last year after they were charged by a certain Renato Villafuerte before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged violation of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Act.
An AFP internal investigation was also made on orders of the chief of staff relative to four anonymous letter complaints against Sta. Anan and three other staff officers of the AFPMC.
Military Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc on Wednesday explained that the reinstatement order came after the complaints against the four was thrown out by the AFP’s Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability (OESPA) for lack of evidence to support the allegations and in the absence of witnesses to substantiate the charges.
The Ombudsman has yet to take a similar action against Sta. Ana and his co-accuse.
But Cabunoc said the four would most likely be exonerated also, saying “I am not sure if the Ombudsman will find an accused public official guilty of wordongoings based o anonymous letters, sans material evidences.”