VM, 5 Others in eyeglasses mess

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The Office of the Ombudsman recommended the filing of charges for falsification of public documents against Makilala, Cotabato Vice Mayor Ricky Cua and five other officials over alleged forged bidding documents for the purchase of reading eyeglasses worth P99,000. Charged along with Cua were members of the municipality’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC): Roel Caoagdan; Mario Ranis; Edwin Arellano; Pio Abonado Jr.; and Giovanni Ignacio. The Ombudsman said BAC members “falsified the abstract of canvass and resolution to simulate the procurement, thereby making it appear that the supplier submitted the most advantageous price.” Said documents were used to support Cua’s request for reimbursement for 314 reading glasses worth P99,000 which he procured for his constituents in 2013.

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REINA TOLENTINO

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