THE Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of the chancellor and vice chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) for grave misconduct in terminating the service contract of a security agency last year.
In two separate decisions, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to indict Chancellor Manuel Agulto and Vice Chancellor Joselito Jamir on graft charges.
Records revealed that on June 28, 2013, Jamir informed Jayme Ang, president of 168 Security and Allied Services Inc. (SASI), that the UP Manila Management Team had decided to terminate the agency’s contract effective July 15, 2013.
Agulto and Jamir had said SASI was replaced because of reported thefts and breach of UP Manila’s security fence.
Jamir requested Ang to turn over on July 1, 2013 security operations of UP Manila to Carmelo Ayson of Commander Security Services Inc. (CSSI).
CSSI also provides security for the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Ang challenged Jamir’s decision in court. In his complaint, Ang claimed that Agulto had hired CSSI without a public bidding.
Morales said terminating the contract with Ang’s agency made the intentions of the two UP officials “doubtful.”
The Ombudsman said the UP officials did not follow the procedure outlined in the contract with SASI.
It added that CSSI provided security services to UP Manila “without going through a bidding process on a contract in the amount of P46,710,555.48.”
“Even the alleged takeover of the contract was not shown to have observed the provisions of the Section 53 of Republic Act (RA) 9184 (the Negotiated Procurement Act),” the Ombudsman said.
Regarding the administrative complaint, it found that Agulto and Jamir’s acts “constitute flagrant disregard of well-known law and legal rules on procurement, which are spelled out in RA 9184 and its IRRs [implementing rules and regulations.]”
The Ombudsman found Agulto and Jamir guilty of grave misconduct, meting them “the penalty of dismissal from the service, which shall carry with it cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits except for accrued leave credits, and perpetual disqualification for re-employment in the government service.”