• Former Davao Oriental execs, councilors in graft

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    THE former municipal mayor of Boston, Davao Oriental, his vice mayor and nine members of the municipal council are facing graft charges in connection with the purchase of heavy equipment in 2004 without public bidding.

    Charged on recommendation by the Office of the Ombudsman are then mayor Ramie Rosit, former vice mayor Amie Monredondo.

    Also named respondents to the anti-graft case were former members of the Sangguniang Bayan Judith Castres, Luisa Alac, Juvenil Linaza, Wilfredo Jubac, Levira Lintogonan, Norberto Dumaguete, and Allen De Jesus.

    Former Liga ng mga Barangay president Nilo Rosit and Sangguniang Kabataan Municipal Federation (SKMF) president Sotelo Vincent Cabrera were also indicted in a charge sheet filed last Friday by Assistant Special Prosecutor Edgardo Noel Cruz.

    The Ombudsman said the respondents caused the procurement of a motor grader and a Furukawa Wheel Loader “without the required public bidding, in violation of Republic Act No. 9184 (otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act), thereby giving unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference to JVF Commercial and Project Development Support Services, to the damage and prejudice of the government.”

    The Ombudsman recommended P30,000 bail each for the respondents.

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