THE Office of the Ombudsman found sufficient grounds to file charges against a Bohol Island State University (BISU) president and three others for allegedly splitting a procurement project to avoid the required public bidding in 2009.
Charged before the Sandiganbayan were BISU president Elpidio Magante; Lorenzo Sarigumba, director; former Dean Ambrosio Orillos; and former instructor Alan Jaum for falsification of public documents and violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The Ombudsman likewise ordered the respondents to be dismissed from the service after they were found guilty of grave misconduct.
The cases stemmed from a complaint filed by the Commission on Audit alleging that the respondents split into two projects the procurement of a mini dump truck worth P402,800 in order to avoid the required public bidding.
“Shopping was illegally resorted to by splitting of contracts for the purpose of evading or circumventing the requirements of R.A. No. 9184. [T]he two purported sets of transactions allegedly intended for assembling mini dump truck were only scheme for the acquisition of one unit mini dump truck,” the Ombudsman quoted its resolution in a statement issued on Friday.
The respondents also face cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and prohibition from taking the civil service examination.
“The Ombudsman has directed the BISU Board of Regents and the Commission on Higher Education to immediately implement the administrative sanctions,” it further said.