• Ombudsman dismisses 3 SBMA execs over graft raps


    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has indicted top officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act (RA) 3019.

    In a 32-page joint resolution, the OMB said the SBMA officials “displayed manifest partiality and evident bad faith in the per–formance of their functions.”

    On April 7, the Ombudsman ordered the filing of an infor–mation for violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019 against the following: former chairman Feliciano Salonga, former administrator and CEO Armand Arreza, Senior Deputy Administrator Ramon Agregado, former senior deputy administrator Ferdinand Hernan–dez, former deputy administrator Ma. Cristina Millan and Deputy Administrator Marcelino Sanqui.

    In a 20-page Decision, the OMB found the commission of grave misconduct and ordered the dismissal from the service of Agregado, Sanqui and Salonga with the accessory penalties of absolute disqualification from holding any public office, forfeiture of retirement benefits, cancellation of civil service eligibility and bar from taking any civil service examination.

    Also included in the charge sheet are Reghis Romero 2nd and Michael Romero, the chairman and chief executive officer, respectively, of Harbour Centre Port Terminal, Inc.

    The OMB determined that as officers and beneficial owners, the Romeros were at the receiving end of unwarranted benefits as they failed to show that the company was legally entitled to their grant.

    “Respondents’ above-des–cribed acts readily show that they acted in conspiracy, that is, they came to an agreement con–cerning the commission of a felony and decided to commit it,” the joint resolution said.


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