Marinduque execs face graft, falsification raps

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Former Marinduque Provincial Engineer Godofredo Sadiua and Project Engineer Marco Marco Leyco are facing charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with road projects in Torrijos municipality in 2005.

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The Office of the Ombudsman filed five counts of falsification and two counts of graft against Sadiua and Leyco last April 30, alleging that they failed to implement the project for the improvement of Pakaskasan Road as well as for concreting Payanas Road.

They failed to act despite receiving from the Provincial Government of Marinduque construction materials worth P59,745.25 and P23,880 for the salaries and wages of laborers for the project in Pakaskasan town, and construction materials worth P30,961.15 and P19,040 as workers’ salaries for the project in Payanas town.

Sadiua and Leyco also allegedly falsified Daily Wage Payrolls in connection with the road projects in Pakaskasan and Payanas, as well as the concreting of Kay Duke Road in the town of the same name.

Based on the charge sheets, it was alleged that the persons listed in the payrolls “had rendered service and received wages from the time started when in truth and in fact said persons did not, to the damage and prejudice of the Provincial Government of Marinduque, and or public interest.”

The disbursing officers were named defendants in the falsification charges: Veronica Marciano in connection with the Kay Duke road project; Alberto Roque, for the Pakaskasan road project; and Joel Labay for the Payanas road project.

Sadiua and Leyco also allegedly falsified the accomplishment reports for the Pakaskasan and Payanas road projects, “by making or causing to appear in the said document, that the project was 100 percent completed by the Office of the Provincial Engineer” as of April 12, 2005 and September 2, 2005, respectively, “when in truth and in fact, the said project was not completed on the indicated date as accused did not carry out or implement the same.”

The Office of the Ombudsman recommended a P24,000 bail for each respondent for every count of falsification, and P30,000 for each respondent for every graft case.

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