Ex-mayor sued over anomalous P5-M roads

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LUCBAN, Quezon: A case of violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices (Republic Act 3019) was filed on October 4, 2012 to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon against former Mayor Moises “Bonbon” Villaseñor for alleged anomalies involving the co-nstruction of farm-to-market roads worth P5 million in 10 barangay of this town—Kabatete, Samil, Kulapi, Mahabang Parang, Kalangay, Kakawit, Ayuti, Abang, Kilib and Atolinao. Incumbent Mayor Celso Olivier Dator filed the case

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Dator told The Manila Times Villaseñor also flagrantly violated the Memorandum of Agreement he signed together with DPWH-Region 4 Director Huillio Belleza, DPWH-Quezon 1 Officer-in-Charge Edgardo Lim and Municipal Engr. Precy Villalon. Section 2.1 of the MOA specified that “the LGU shall implement the project by administration only, in accord-ance with the Program of Work, Plans, Specifications, Project Cost and Time Duration approved by the DPWH Official concerned.” This provision calls for the LGU concerned to carry out the project through their municipal engineering office.

However, Villaseñor reportedly had the projects implemented through Straight Contract with a private contractor, the Laborte Construction, based on Dator’s prior letter to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson on September 24.

The project also lacked the required endorsement from the DPWH-Region 4 office that in turn, requires necessary documents such as Program of Work, Plans, Specifications and Project Cost.

The project is also said to violate the election ban on projects as contained in the letter of Engr. Edgardo Lim, OIC-District Engineer of the DPWH-Quezon 1 addressed to the Legal Division of the DPWH-Region 4 A dated June 17.

In his letter, Lim said the LGU failed to submit the “copy of exemption to undertake the same projects within the public works ban period under Comelec Resolution 9585 in connection with the May 2013 national elections, in addition to the project’s irregular completion wherein it was endorsed only in their office on March 25, 2013—the project was bid out on March 20.

In his letter to Singson, Da- tor bared the additional 10 farm-to-market roads Villaseñor implemented, aside from the first set of farm-to-market roads. The second batch of project is also worth P5 million.

The project was constructed in barangays Aliliw, Kalyat, Igang, Malupak, Samil, Nagsinamo, Kulapi, Tiawe, Tinamnan and Piis. Each strip of the farm-to-market road was worth P500,000.

The Times tried to reach Villaseñor but the former mayor was inaccessible.

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