Graft raps filed vs Makati’s Peña

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MAKATI City Acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña and other city officials are facing criminal and administrative complaints in connection with the allegedly anomalous Pamaskong Handog project worth P171 million.

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Copies of the complaints obtained from the Office of the Ombudsman by Reynaldo Magante, a resident of Makati City, showed that Peña and City Administrator Ramila Cruzado, General Services Department Head Violeta Lazo, City Department of Engineering and Public Works Head Waldemar Dabuet, Legal Department Head Glenda Isabel Biazon, City Budget Department Head Aileen Soriano, and City Treasurer Amalia Santos were charged with violation of RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

According to Magante, Peña and his coaccused hired local food supplier Central Fortress Co. Ltd. for the Pamaskong Handog project even if the company does not have a license to deliver canned goods and other foods.

Under the project, each Makati resident receives a bag containing grocery items before Christmas.

Magante also questioned how Central Fortress Co. Ltd. joined and won the public bidding despite its small capital, which is only P1 million, according to the Philippine Government Procurement System (Philgeps).

He said it is highly questionable that a company with only P1 million capital can invest in a project amounting to P200 million.

Magante also filed another complaint against the mayor and other city officials before the Ombudsman and the Commission on Elections when they allegedly used the symbolic kidlat (lightning) logo on the bags and t-shirts given to the constituents under the Pamaskong Handog project.

He said the symbolic kidlat logo is not the official symbol of Makati.

Peña, then vice mayor, was appointed acting mayor when Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay was disqualified by the Ombudsman over the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

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  1. mabait na pinoy on

    It seems like the complaints filed to the Ombudsman are shallow and the allegations are broad with no specific direction. I think this is another strategy that the Binays’ have created because another Binay is trying to get back in power again. People of Makati should have known by now, that the Binays have cheated them for 3 decades.
    The reason why the Binays did not hire a lawyer to file this complaints was, they know the complaints is non-sense, so they hire a BUM instead. No Lawyer would want to put his/her and reputation on cases like this one.

    • Lean Tiongson on

      hahahahahaa….. hahahahahaah… nakakatawa yang mga sinasabi mo… it sounds so much like the arguments the Binays had before… before they were falsely accused, that is… hahahahaha…. ngayon, the shoe is on the other foot… Talaga naman, ang karma, bumabalik talaga, no?