Ombudsman affirms dismissal of Surigao mayor
15 March 2017
The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the order of dismissal from the service of incumbent Lingig, Surigao del Sur Mayor Roberto Luna, Jr. for approving the unlawful purchase of P18.9 million worth of “ghost” communication equipment from Philflex Trading and General Merchandise.
In an Order approved on 02 March 2017, the Ombudsman found Luna guilty of Grave Misconduct and Serious Dishonesty and meted on him the penalty of Dismissal from the Service along with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.Records show that in 2007, respondent purchased, via direct contracting, 36 sets SENAO SN 6108 long range radio/telephone consisting of 1 mother base, 9 units programmable handsets, 10 units battery chargers, 10 units chargeable batteries, 10 units telephone jackets, 1 unit connector, 1 unit umbrella type antenna with cable, 10 units operating manuals; and, 35 sets SENAO SN 568 super long range cordless radio/telephone double base with cable and umbrella type antenna. Documents showed that no public bidding was conducted for the multi-million peso pork barrel project. The budget used in the purchase was sourced from the 2007 Congressional Initiative Fund of ex-Representative Peter Paul Jed Falcon.
It was also found that Luna approved the P18.9 million payment to Philflex despite non-delivery of the equipment and lack of supporting documents. As a result, the Commission on Audit issued two Notices of Disallowance in 2011.
The charge against former Municipal Agriculturist Teofilo Maymay was ordered dismissed as he was no longer in the government service at the time of the filing of the complaint last 27 January 2016. ###