Former Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) President Danilo Crisologo is facing a graft charge over alleged hiring of employees despite an Executive Order banning such during preparation of the agency’s rationalization plan.
A joint resolution made public on Tuesday said Crisologo hired at least 32 employees from 2007 to 2008 as storekeepers, buyers, marketers, maintenance technicians for air-conditioners, security service providers, IT consultants, general services division officer, carpenter and driver.
PADC allegedly spent P7.12 million for the hiring.
The Office of the Ombudsman said the agency had asked for exemption from Executive Order 366 in a letter to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) so that it can be allowed to employ 15 contractuals and 12 consultants.
“The request was initially denied. However, upon reconsideration, DBM allowed PADC to only hire seven employees,” the anti-graft office said.
Crisologo’s defense that the hiring was necessary and inevitable at the time “cannot prevail over the explicit proscription of the law,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said in supporting the finding of probable cause.
She added that “PADC’s letter-request [to DBM]was a mere afterthought considering that it was only received by the DBM on December 28, 2007 and PADC already started hiring employees since November 2007.”
PADC is an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications.
It serves as the government’s arm for development of the country’s aviation and aerospace industry.