Mayor Suspended Due To Bidding Anomaly
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension for nine months of Tanjay City, Negros Oriental mayor Lawrence Teves after he was found guilty of Simple Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service. Teves is also set to face trial for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019). Also indicted before the Sandiganbayan are Punong Barangay Denver Bokingkito, General Services Officer Bogard Colina and former Sangunniang Kabataan Federation President Mar Francis Saguran.
Graft probers from the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman in the Visayas found that in 2011, respondents procured construction materials worth P280,876.34 for the repair of canals in Barangays 5 and 6. Documents showed that Teves resorted to Small Value Procurement without coursing the project through the Bids and Awards Committee.
To refute the charge, Teves claimed that “he approved the requisition believing that it will ultimately redound to the benefit of the city’s constituents.”
According to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, “respondents should have complied with the requirements of procurement under R.A. No. 9184, may it be public bidding or under the alternative method of procurement.”
She added that, “it is totally unacceptable that respondents, especially Teves, being the City Mayor, did not follow the law” as “respondents are expected to know the law and implement it to the letter.”
Bokingkito and Colina were also slapped with a nine-month suspension. Ombudsman Morales warned respondents that “a repetition or commission of the same or similar offense would be dealt with more severely.”
Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 prohibits public officials from causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.