• Ex-Antipolo mayor charged with graft

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    FORMER Antipolo City Mayor Danilo Leyble and other ex- and incumbent city government officials comprising the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) were charged before the Ombudsman with violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for illegally procuring eight six-wheeler mini-dump trucks worth P8 million.

    Aside from Leyble, others named in the complaint were Atty. Edgardo Samson, Engineer Julian Marigondon, Maura Narivic Leyva, Imelda Bello, Marilyn Garcia, Priscilla Sanggalang, Josefina de Jesus, Severino Calixto, Josephine Boriga, and Digna Francisco.

    Romulo Arcilla, Antipolo City procurement division officer-in-charge, said the supplier, DIMICOR, had no right to participate or win in the bidding because of various problems like expired registration, invalid tax clearance, and the premature posting of performance bond, among others.

    Arcilla added that the delivered dump trucks did not meet the required specifications. Instead of having a 3.9-liter piston displacement, the trucks only had 3.5 liters and should have been sold at a lesser price.

    Because of this, the complainant said Leyble caused undue injury to the city government of Antipolo. The former mayor and company were also charged with graft for overpriced projects, malicious granting of tax incentives, ghost projects and deliveries, and the illegal use of funds.

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