• Billions lost in ‘ghost’ deliveries at DepEd during Lapuz’s term?

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    If you thought that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is the only department plagued with corruption during the Arroyo administration . . . think again.

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    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!!!

    etulfo2011@yahoo.com

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    7 Comments

    1. fyi po…
      maryland and not mayland
      felta not pelta
      maybe its fred madamba not masamba
      mark aquino – not joey aquino….

    2. PNoy can not investigate Jesli Lapuz, they are cousins. He he he. Small world. Si Gibo (Gilbert Teodoro) under Arroyo rin, standard bearer as Presidential candidate nang LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD, cousin din ni PNoy. There is a small number of families that controls our government.

    3. Anak nang tipaklong…P750 M to Dep Ed tapos ang sampung bata, sharing sa isang textbook? At ibang text book, ni hindi edited, mali-mali ang mga laman???
      Mga halang na talaga ang mga kaluluwa. Pati mga bata, education na salat na nga…kulelat na nga tayo sa Asia, ninanakawan niyo pa? Ano nga ba sabi ni Jesus,
      “”If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matt 18:6…
      kung yung matatanda pagnakawan niyo, siguro hindi kahindik hindik masyado. Pero ang mga bata, yung mga wala na ngang almusal, pumapasok sa school, walang tsinelas, walang baon, walang opportunity umunlad, mga child laborer – nanakawan niyo pa? Hindi man kayo mabitay dito, ayan…sabi sa Matteo…mas mabuti pang isabit niyo na ang malaking millstone sa inyong leeg at lunurin ang sarili niyo sa dagat – kaysa matikman niyo ang napipintong paghuhukom nang Tagapag ALAGA nang mga BATA at nang mga NAAAPI!

    4. Patrick Villanueva on

      Several years ago, I read a book about a college activist from Ateneo De Manila. I believe his name was Edgar Jocson and he came from an upper middle class family and ended up joining the underground movement during the 70’s. I believe he was killed by the military. He sacrificed his life to try and make the Philippines a better place for all the under privileged people. If we expect the country to improve, their need to be more Edgar Jocson’s to continue the struggle and get rid of the crooked politicians.

    5. Toti de Guzman on

      Let’s say that all government contract work reeks with corruption. Both contractor and government official enrich themselves at the expense of the people.

    6. MR. ERWIN TULFO, MATAGAL NA ITONG BALITA-BALITA. BAKIT DI NYO PA SUBJECT TO LIFE-STYLE ANG LAHAT NG KASALUKUYAN AT NAKARAAN OFFICIALS NG DEPED, DITO LANG MAKIKITA ANG MGA NINAKAW NG MGA ITO KUNG MERON MAN, GAYA NG GINAWA NILA KAY JUNGOY ESTRADA’S LIFE STYLE SAMPU NG LAHAT NG ANAK AT ASAWA, DI BA HO?