• Ombudsman suspends 6 Eastern Samar officials

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    THE Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas suspended six officials of Guian, Eastern Samar for six months without pay after finding them administratively liable in connection with the purchase of a remanufactured truck worth P2.1 million allegedly without a public bidding.

    Ordered suspended were Arsenio Salamida, Esperanza Cotin, Ma. Nenita Ecleo, Felipe Padual, Danilo Colandog and Gilberto Labicane of the municipal Bids and Awards Committee.

    The Ombudsman found them guilty of “conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service” after an investigation found that they authorized the procurement of the truck without public bidding in February 2007.

    “The respondents authorized the acquisition through negotiated procurement by making it appear that two public biddings were previously conducted. The contract, purchase order and disbursement voucher were all processed in one day,” the Ombudsman said in a statement issued on Monday, seen by The Manila Times.

    Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente ordered the mayor of Guian to implement the penalty.

    Suspension in the case of a respondent who is no longer in government service is convertible to a fine equivalent to his six months’ salary, the statement said.

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