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.
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.