Ombudsman files charges vs. Lanao exec for P10M ghost project
07 August 2017
Jamaloden Faisal, Acting General Manager of the Tugaya Water District was slapped with charges for misusing P10M allocated for the 2011 construction of a water supply system in Tugaya, Lanao del Sur. The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of charges against Faisal for Malversation of Public Funds and violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019). Also included in the charge sheet is Alikahn Ebrahim of Nascon Builders.
Records show that in January 2011, Faisal received P10,074,680.00 as part of the initial funding for the water supply improvement project. During fact-finding investigation conducted by the Ombudsman Field Investigation Unit in Davao City, it was found that the water project was non-existent and that fake liquidation documents were submitted by respondents to support the ghost project. A Joint Affidavit of Inspection was also submitted by the team of investigators from the National Bureau of Investigation stating that “the reservoirs funded by LWUA are inexistent, based on the Development Map and Detailed Cost Estimate of the Project.” A representative from Nascon Builders also attested that “the firm was not involved in the project.”
“The fact that the water supply improvement project is non-existent is sufficient proof to engender a well-founded belief that public funds were misappropriated for respondent Faisal’s own private use or benefit,” stated the Resolution. ###