THE Sandiganbayan on Friday issued a hold departure order (HDO) against former Philippine National Police (PNP) officials facing charges in line with the P405-million V-150 light armored vehicles repair.
The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division issued the order against former PNP chief Avelino Razon Jr., director Geary Barias, former comptroller Eliseo dela Paz and 30 officers including officials and members of the BAC, non-uniformed personnel and private individuals, who were all implicated in the rigged bidding for the repair of 28 armored personnel carriers.
“The Bureau of Immigration and Deportation is hereby directed to bar and prohibit the accused from leaving the Philippines for any destination abroad, either by air or sea transportation, expect by prior written permission granted by the Sandiganbayan,” the HDO read.
Also barred from leaving the country were Bids and awards committee officers Emmanuel Ojeda, Reuel Leverne Labrado, Annalee Forro, Henry Duque and Victor Puddao; PNP officers and employees Teodorico Lapuz 4th, Josefina Dumanew, Antonio Retrato, Warlito Tubon, Alex Barrameda, Eulito Fuentes, Rainier Espina, Reynaldo Varilla, Charlemagne Alejandrino, Maria Teresa Narcise, Nancy Basallo, Victor Agarcio, Patricia Enaje, Edgar Paatan, and Alfredo Laviña; and private individuals Oscar Madamba, Harold Ong, Tyrone Ong, Pamela Pensotes, Evangeline Bais, Artemio Zuñiga, Gigie Marpa, Marianne Jimenez, Rasita Zaballero and Carmencita Salvador.
The case stemmed from the dubious purchase of tires for the V-150 light armored vehicles and their repair, as well as the release of funds for transportation and delivery of the products.
In resolving the case, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said that the reliance of the police officers on their subordinate “could not be given credence.”
“Their subordinates, some of whom were civilians or non-uniformed personnel, who would not dare mislead the officers . . . were with presumed experience and expertise in crime investigation and detection,” the Ombudsman resolution noted.
Acting Presiding Justice Gregory Ong and Associate Justices Alex Quiroz and Maria Cristina Cornejo signed the HDO.
JOHN CONSTANTINE G. CORDON