THE Office of the Ombudsman heaped on former Mayor Jose Emmanuel Carlos of Valenzuela 11 counts of corruption charges for various transactions that he allegedly entered during his term.
In 11 charge sheets filed before the Sandiganbayan, graft investigator Jorge Espinal recommended the filing of charges against Carlos, which Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved in January 2013.
The 11-count graft involved eight transactions between 2000 and 2004, with Carlos as lead defendant and three other accused.
In May 2000, the Ombudsman charged Carlos a graft count for the alleged purchase of 4,316 pieces of tablet armchairs worth P2.89 million without public bidding and overpriced by P954,720.
Carlos was implicated for the purchase in June 2000 of two Fuso Fighter six-wheeler dump trucks, five Isuzu Elf dump trucks and two Isuzu ten-wheeler dump trucks amounting to P4.4 million from GLC Trucks and Equipment.
Investigators found that GLC only acquired three of these vehicles in August 2000 in the amount of P1.46 million “even before GLC had ownership over the same.”
In the same month, six six-wheeler dump trucks from GLC were also purchased, amounting to P1.8 million. However, three of these vehicles was only registered to GLC in November 2000 which resulted in the payment of P900,000 giving unwarranted benefit to GLC.
Carlos earned his second and third graft charges for the purchase of the vehicles.
A fourth one traces back in August 2000 when the city hall through Carlos bought 500 pieces of steel sheet piles for a total of P3.94 million, which was overpriced by P789,000.
Two counts of grafts were slapped against the former mayor.
In December 2000, Carlos allegedly bought SM gift checks worth P16.5 million which was distributed to city hall officials and employees. The cash was taken from “Other Services expense account,” which made the fund that these public funds were used other than what was appropriated by law or ordinance.
Also during the Yuletide, Carlos reportedly bought again another P2.4 million of gift checks that were made against the Special Education Fund.
Two counts of graft and two counts of technical malversation were charged against Carlos for the purchase of the gift checks.
In March 2001, along with city treasurer Evelyn de Guzman and IFS Trading proprietor Fernando San Pedro, Carlos was held for the purchase of P1.84 million of textbooks from San Pedro “despite the fact that IFS Trading was not entitled to supply the textbooks.”
Three years later in July 2004, Carlos, de Guzman, and city hall employee Rodolfo Pilien were charged for buying one brand new KIA Asia Combi worth P1.65 million from Auto Centrum Inc., which was allegedly shown as the exclusive distributor of the vehicle “but which turned out not to be the exclusive distributor.”
The Ombudsman charged each of the respondents a count of graft for the last two transactions.
For provisional liberty, the anti-graft agency set the bail for each count of graft at P30,000 while P40,000 for technical malversation.