If you thought that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is the only department plagued with corruption during the Arroyo administration . . . think again.
A Department of Education employee who requested anonymity sent me an email on Monday disclosing the billions of pesos in “ghost” deliveries of textbooks and computer hardware from 2008 to 2010, and wants the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate this scam at DepEd.
The same employee claims that during those years, several billions of pesos were released by the Department of Budget and Management under Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. to DepEd to purchase books and computers for public elementary and high schools throughout the country.
The source said a “negotiated bidding” followed and a handful of suppliers were chosen to deliver the needed learning aids.
But for reasons known only to then DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapuz, he never bothered to check if the books and computers were really delivered by the suppliers to the beneficiary schools, which were mostly in Mindanao.
Some of the known suppliers at the time, Pelta Books, Souvenir Publication and Mayland Enterprises, allegedly failed to deliver hundreds of millions worth of textbooks and computers to various public schools, added my tipster.
These companies and top DepEd officials were never investigated or charged in court for the “ghost deliveries” because they reportedly bribed Commission on Audit (COA) officials.
A certain “Fred Masamba Jr.,” also a contractor, was said to have been the one who paid off COA auditors and at the same time acted as alleged bagman for the top officials of DepEd.
The PNoy administration should go after these corrupt former DepEd officials and unscrupulous suppliers.
Who is ‘Romy Aquino’?
“Romy Aquino” is said to be a big-time contractor of the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) and a DepEd supplier during the Arroyo administration.
He made his fortune through alleged substandard road projects and overpriced textbooks and computer hardware delivered to various public schools from 2001 to 2010.
An official of the DPWH who requested that his name be withheld said “Romy Aquino” cornered almost a billion in road construction and maintenance projects during those years in cahoots with corrupt DPWH officials.
Aquino however, reportedly struck it rich when he and another supplier won the P750- million contract from DepEd to supply computers to several public schools in Davao region.
The computers were delivered but they were overpriced by as much as P350,000 each, according to my mole at the DepEd.
“Romy Aquino” is now said to be enjoying his wealth in his luxurious mansion in Baguio City while his alleged benefactor, former President Gloria Arroyo, languishes at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
So you see, Janet Napoles is just one of those who became filthy rich at the expense of the people’s money—the priority development assistance fund or PDAF.
“Romy Aquino” should be charged for plunder, too!!!