GRAFT charges are set to be filed against former Cavite governor Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi before the Sandiganbayan for the allegedly irregular procurement of P2.5-million worth of medicines.
This developed after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales found probable cause to charge him with violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft Law.
“By Order dated October 22, 2014, Ombudsman Morales denied Maliksi’s motion to reconsider the Joint Resolution dated July 8, 2014,” the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Joint Resolution found that procurement was made three months before the first portion of the grant for the purchase of medicines was released, based on documents such as purchase request, purchase order, and inspection and acceptance report.
According to the anti-graft office, the province of Cavite entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in February 2003 for the purchase of medicines under a P10-million grant.
The first tranche of the grant was released to Cavite on February 4, 2003 in the amount of P2.5 million.
Regarding Maliksi’s explanation on resorting to emergency purchase, Ombudsman Morales found “no imminent danger to life and/or property that ought to have been prevented” when the medicines were purchased in time for the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) National Convention in November 2002.