State university president axed

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The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has dismissed Cagayan State University (CSU) President Roger Perez for grave misconduct and charges of graft, malversation and indirect bribery for using the university’s resources to renovate his house.

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found that Perez used government materials, equipment, laborers and electricity for the construction of steel windows and steel staircase in his residence.

The OMB said in August 2006, Perez took various materials and equipment from the CSU warehouse for delivery to his house. Laborers also took equipment and materials from the university’s warehouse and delivered them to Perez’s house.

“The use of public properties, equipment and labor services for personal gain is a classic case of malversation, violation of Sec. 3(e) of RA 3019 and grave misconduct,” the OMB said.

“[T]o aggravate matters, respondent Perez appears to have solicited and received in his own name the amount of P140,400.00 from Freyssinet,” it added, referring to the company that delivered pre-cast gutter worth P2.38 million for the school’s gymnasium.

After the gymnasium was completed, Perez allegedly received a check issued in his name amounting to P140,400.

“Perez’s singular act of receipt and acceptance of money is not sanctioned at all by law…the receipt itself (by respondent) from a corporation doing business in which he was President is prohibited by the law governing conflict of interest situations,” Morales said.

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