Military officer tagged in unlawful sale of P1.2M generators convicted
13 January 2017
Engineer Dante Senen, Supply Accountable Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Military Supply Unit based in Cebu City was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and Malversation under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code. He was meted the penalties of six to ten years imprisonment for graft and 10 to 18 years for Malversation.
Ombudsman prosecutors charged Senen before the Sandiganbayan in 2005 along with then Philippine Air Force (PAF) B/Gen Vladimir delos Trino, Major Antonio Jason Garcia and Antonio Ularte of Eduard Enterprises for the unlawful sale of four power generators valued at P1,200,000.00. Senen remained at-large during the trial, and was only apprehended on 21 November 2011 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City – roughly six months after the anti-graft court convicted Delos Trino and Garcia. Ularte remains at-large.
Senen was the accountable officer in charge of the generators which were found to have been sold to Ularte for only P800,000.00 without the benefit of public bidding, giving unwarranted benefit to Ularte to the prejudice of the government. The proceeds of the sale remain unaccounted for.
In a 20-page Decision penned by Associate Justice Samuel Martires, the anti-graft court held that “the evidence presented is sufficient to prove the guilt of the accused as his actions from the time of the disposal of the generators amount to gross inexcusable negligence.”
“If accused Senen is indeed innocent or unaware of the grand plan of accused Delos Trino and Garcia, he should have immediately reported the incident to his commanding officer to properly address the same or prevent the disposal of generators,” stated Justice Martires.Senen was also perpetually disqualified from holding public office and ordered to indemnify the government the amount of P1,200,000.00. He was also directed pay a fine of P1,200,000.00.
It will be recalled that in May 2011, the Sandiganbayan convicted Delos Trino and Garcia of graft. In the 2011 Decision, the court stressed that “the prosecution was adequately able to establish that through the illegal sale of the four generators, the PAF of the AFP lost P1.2million in revenue.” ###