Former Cebu officials barred from holding office


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the perpetual disqualification and dismissal from service of former Cebu Provincial Administrator and Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairman Eduardo Habin for the alleged anomalous purchases for the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) project in 2006.

Eight other BAC members have also been ordered dismissed from service, the Office of the Ombudsman said on Thursday.

A statement issued by the Ombudsman said the penalties were for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

“In case of separation from the service, the penalty [of dismissal]is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s one year salary,” the Ombudsman said.

Likewise, perpetually disqualified and dismissed from the service were: former BAC members Bernard Calderon, Marino Martinquilla, Cristina Giango, Adolfo Quiroga, Necias Vicoy Jr., Roy Salubre, Emme Gingoyon, and Eulogio Pelayre.

“Ombudsman Morales directed the Office of the Governor in Cebu City to immediately implement the decision,” the office said.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the Ombudsman’s Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Office (PACPO) in the Visayas region, which alleged that in 2005, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo designated Cebu as the venue for the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in December 2006. In February 2006, the local government built the CICC facility, with WT Construction, Inc. (WTCI) as contractor.

The Commission on Audit (COA) found that WTCI was allowed to proceed with the site development, structural, architectural, plumbing and electrical work without public bidding, written contracts and approved appropriations.

The P59.6-million procurement for phase II totaling, P307-million structural steel works, and other works was awarded through negotiated procurement or limited source bidding (LSB).

But under the Government Procurement Reform Act or Republic Act (RA) 9184, it pointed out, LSB is used only when buying highly specialized goods such as sophisticated defense equipment or complex air navigation systems.

“The Office of the Ombudsman held that Habin, are liable for the procurement of items which are not of the type or use that would have justified the recourse to the alternative mode of procurement,” it said.

Ombudsman investigators also found that the BAC recommendation of resorting to LSB for the supply of air conditioning units worth P26.5 million was made two months after the respondents issued a notice of award.

The respondents “flagrantly transgressed and disregarded well-established rules on bidding and definite rules of action” under RA 9184, Morales said.

Aside from perpetual disqualification from public service, the respondents face forfeiture of retirement benefits, cancellation of eligibility and prevention from taking the civil service examination, she added.


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  1. Kaya pala! (No wonder!)
    Proof that N0ytard is condoning corruption:
    TangInang N0ytard! Kaya pala inignore yung complaint ko against the FDA, DOH, etc. He is condoning the corrupt practices of government employees! Doesn’t N0ytard know that those government employees are extorting money from the public? If we do not give, they won’t give us a permit, just like what happened to me! And I reported it to ombitchwoman and she dismissed the case.
    Once more N0ytard blames the victims:
    Blaming the victims once more and I thought he was anti-corruption? Isn’t one incident, one too many?
    Even MARnanakaw admits that there’s massive corruption: philsta**com/police-metro/2015/11/27/1526400/mar-inamin-na-bigo-ang-daang-matuwid
    www philstar com/headlines/2015/12/10/1531041/noy-fight-vs-corruption-it-takes-two-tango Uh0oh! Fault of the victims again.
    “Abaya should be held liable as he signed the supposedly anomalous contract.” newsinfo inquirer net/745198/poe-disappointed-as-ombudsman-spares-abaya-in-graft-charges

  2. For the information of the bloggers:

    Read Atty Salumbides et al vs. Ombudsman, G.R. no. 180917 promulgated by the Supreme Court on April 23, 2010.” This is one of the last decisions written by former Justice Carpio-Morales now, the Ombudsman herself. While the petitioners prayer for the extension of the “doctrine of condonation” was rejected because it can only be available to elective officials, Carpio-Morales asserted the doctrine of condonation and cited several cases to wit:

    “More than 60 years ago, the Court in Pascual v. Hon. Provincial Board of Nueva Ecija17c?a issued the landmark ruling that prohibits the disciplining of an elective official for a wrongful act committed during his immediately preceding term of office. The Court explained that “[t]he underlying theory is that each term is separate from other terms, and that the reelection to office operates as a condonation of the officer’s previous misconduct to the extent of cutting off the right to remove him therefor.”18c?a

    The Court should never remove a public officer for acts done prior to his present term of office. To do otherwise would be to deprive the people of their right to elect their officers. When the people elect[e]d a man to office, it must be assumed that they did this with knowledge of his life and character, and that they disregarded or forgave his faults or misconduct, if he had been guilty of any. It is not for the court, by reason of such faults or misconduct[,] to practically overrule the will of the people.19c?a

    Lizares v. Hechanova, et al.20c?a replicated the doctrine. The Court dismissed the petition in that case for being moot, the therein petitioner “having been duly reelected, is no longer amenable to administrative sanctions.”21c?a

    Ingco v. Sanchez, et al.22c?a clarified that the condonation doctrine does not apply to a criminal case.23c?a Luciano v. The Provincial Governor, et al.,24c?a Olivarez v. Judge Villaluz,25c?a and Aguinaldo v. Santos26echoed the qualified rule that reelection of a public official does not bar prosecution for crimes committed by him prior thereto.

    Consistently, the Court has reiterated the doctrine in a string of recent jurisprudence including two cases involving a Senator and a Member of the House of Representatives.27c?a

    Salalima v. Guingona, Jr.28c?a and Mayor Garcia v. Hon. Mojica29reinforced the doctrine. The condonation rule was applied even if the administrative complaint was not filed before the reelection of the public official, and even if the alleged misconduct occurred four days before the elections, respectively. Salalima did not distinguish as to the date of filing of the administrative complaint, as long as the alleged misconduct was committed during the prior term, the precise timing or period of which Garcia did not further distinguish, as long as the wrongdoing that gave rise to the public
    official’s culpability was committed prior to the date of reelection.” (end of quote)

    Did Morales forgot her recent decision before she left the Supreme Court? Why did she reasserted the “doctrine of condonation” as to elective officials when she was still a member of the Supreme Court yet now, conveniently urged the Supreme Court to revisit the time honored doctrine (60 years)? For convenience?

    Are you saying that the Supreme Court was consistently wrong in a string of several cases for 60 years reiterating the said doctrine and you are the only one correct Sereno? Are you saying that Capio-Morales was also wrong considering that the decision penned by Carpio-Morales was decided by a “court en banc”?

    “As for San Pedro, his administrative liability was rendered moot and academic owing to his reelection in the same position in 2010,” she said, referring to a Supreme Court doctrine that condones the administrative liability of an elected public official for a past offense once that official is reelected for a fresh term.

  3. I am against corruption that’s why I am against corrupt ombytchwoman cunntcheater capro morales!

    Carpio-Morales is a corrupt ombudsman, neglecting her job in order to advance the interest of the Liberal Party of the Philippines. Erineo “Ayong,” Maliksi, a Liberal Party member’s graft and corruption case was dismissed by the court due to “inordinate delays” by Carpio-Morales even though the court found “reasonable ground to believe that an offense has been committed.”. “’Suffice it to state that based on obtaining facts, there is reasonable ground to believe that an offense has been committed. Be that as it may, however, it behooves the Court to state that the other ground of inordinate delay … is an overriding consideration…’ the court said in its resolution”. “The court also noted that the Ombudsman only released the joint resolution finding probable cause July 8, 2014, four years after the consolidation of the three cases. The resolution did not even include the third PCSO complaint, the court said. ” newsinfo**Inquirer**Net/673013/govt-seeks-reinstatement-of-case-vs-maliksi

    2. Why do you praise ombytchwoman Cunntcheater corruptbytch when she hasn’t won a single big case against the corrupt like GMA, in fact only not guilty verdicts are out?

    3. I filed a case against the FDA with overwhelming evidence and I lost!WTF!!!!

    Ang alam ko number 1 corrupt si ombytchwoman as she was entrusted with the power to counter corruption yet she condones corruption!

    The FDA is extremely corrupt. List of people at the FDA and DOH who are corrupt: Atty Romela Devera, Sec. Garin, Dr. Miriam Sales, Atty. Lutero III, Jesusa Cirunay, Dr. Peter Glenn Chua, Agnette Peralta, MArivic Paulino, Atty. Jasper Lascano and Atty. Emilio Polig and former employees: Sec. Ona, FDA chief Suzette Lazo, FDA chief Kenneth Hartigan-Go (and now undersecretary of Health)! are extremely corrupt!
    Wicked_Lia(r) said, ” mukhang kilala mo ang mga tao sa FDA aH!
    nakakatransaksyones mo ba?
    lahat naman ng ahensya may mga BULOK……..”
    Yan na! Inamin ng corrupt silang mga N0ytard at MARnanakaw!

    Why hasn’t Ombytchwoman Cunntcheater Capro MoralLess Corruptbytch held Purusama in contempt of court by violating the suspension order on him? Corrupt much?

    How come Ombytchwoman Cunntcheater Capro MoralLess Corruptbytch hasn’t filed charges against anyone in the North Rail project scandal? Corrupt much? wwwmbcomph/what-happened-to-northrail/