Ex-Dumaguete treasurer convicted for graft

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Former Dumaguete City Treasurer Ofelia Oliva was sentenced six to 10 years of imprisonment and a perpetual disqualification from holding public office for the procurement of an overpriced weighing scale without calling a public bidding. In a 24-page decision penned by Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires, the anti-graft court found that the weighing scale was bought at P130,000 or about P59,000 higher than its normal retail price. The Sandigan also believed the Commission on Audit report which states that scale was of poor workmanship, without serial number, and not Japan-made as per technical specifications. The court also noted that only Oliva signed the canvass slip, which should have also been routed to the City Mayor and Sangguniang Panlungsod. The act, according to the court, clearly shows bad faith and partiality to a supplier and creating damage to the City Government.

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