Motion to suspend Josie dela Cruz, other PhilPost execs in no-bidding P10-m computer scandal filed before Ombudsman

Motion to suspend Josie dela Cruz, other PhilPost execs in no-bidding P10-m computer scandal filed before Ombudsman

A motion to suspend for six months all the officials of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) involved in the P10-million computer procurement scandal marked by lack of bidding was filed last April 27 before the Office of the Ombudsman.

This was filed after Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) represented by its president Berteni "Toto" Cataluña Causing and ALAM PhilPost chapter president Tirso Paglicawan filed administrative complaints against the same post office officials for grave misconduct, dishonesty, abuse of authority and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the public service.
At the same time, ALAM president Causing and Paglicawan filed criminal charges of falsification and violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019.
There was falsification because these officials, led by Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz, a former governor of Bulacan who lost the last bid to Governor Willy Alvarado, made it appear there was a public bidding for the supply of P10-million worth of computers and internet lines to the Philpost.
There was violation of Section 3(e) because these officials gave unwarranted benefit to Philippine Long Distance Co. (PLDT).
The benefit was unwarranted because there was no public bidding that could warrant the award to PLDT.
The witnesses of ALAM include he PhilPost Rank-and-File Employees Association (PRAFEA) Manny Rama.
Also charged criminally along with PLDT officials were PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, PLDT president Napoleon Nazareno and Xitrix Computer Corporation  account manager Vicente Esperanza III.
The complaints were docketed OMB-C-A-12-0163-D and OMB-C-C-12-0162-D.
The contract of PLDT was not dated although it showed to have been notarized only in March 2012 although the computers and internet lines appeared to have already supplied.

The contract was for the Pangilinan-owned company to deliver 200 unbranded computer units with 200 two-year internet connections amounting to P9,515,200.00.

Xitrix Computer Corp. signed an undated contract with PhilPost for the procurement of 100 unbranded computer sets and 45 unknown-barcode scanners amounting to P2,374,750.00. In addition, it also entered into another undated contract passed off as a repeat order for 25 unbranded computer sets and 11 unknown-barcode scanners worth P591,925.00.

The other officials charged are PhilPost board chairman Cesar Sarino; board members Felipe Hidalgo, Ronaldo Tuazon, Joel Otarra, Mory Sison and Ma. Lourdes Varona; assistant postmasters general Mama Lalanto, Elizabeth Tungol and Luis Carlos; legal service director Lee Viceral and Marietta Bertillo, chief accountant of PhilPost.

In ALAM’s motion for preventive suspension, complainants Causing and Paglicawan, by themselves, argued that a preventive suspension for six months is necessary becauseit is "necessary for these officials to be prevented from tampering with evidence and influencing the witnesses in order not to frustrate the ends of justice and the Filipino who want no less than faithful, loyal and honest service from the PhilPost."

Further, the stated that "there is clear and present danger that the respondents will manipulate documents and compel witnesses to perjure."

“This is because they know that the offenses charge against them are so grave and shameful. They also know there is no other way to escape the extreme punishment of dismissal from the service except for obliterating all footprints of their revolting misdeeds,” Causing and Paglicawan continued.

Causing added that the manipulation of documents is so easy for the respondents to do because these are in their possession.
“It is also easy for them to threaten witnesses and for these threats to bear fruits for them because of the spectre of fear towering over the heads of employees of PhilPost entrenched by them by dangling a 'rationalization' program that seeks to dismiss thousand employees.”

“In addition, these respondents have the propensity to lie as proven by the continuous display of Executive Order No. 366 despite their full knowledge that this directive came from a ‘Dead Law’ that ceased to be effective as of 31 December 2005.”

“That ‘Dead Law’ is the budget law for 2004 that was automatically appropriated as the budget law for 2005 because of the failure of the Congress to pass an appropriation act for that later year.”

Causing and Paglicawan also said that there is also an equitable reason to suspend respondents. "When in doubt, the interest of private individual must weight to the interest of the State and its people."

“In this case, the interest of the State and its people that is placed in great peril is the interest of substantial justice for the thievery of the people’s money,” Causing and Paglicawan argued.


Anonymous said…
Nice move Toto..Get them all out in the open for all the people to know. They are public employees..For once let's keep them honest, if not sack them all..
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