27 October 2015

Police in Rubber Boat Mess Dismissed

PNP Rubber Boats
The Philippine government just proved to everyone that they are seriously in tackling the problem of corruption among the frontline personnel, especially the persons of authority.

Exactly nineteen officers as well as the resident auditor of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were dismissed from service and barred from serving in government for their alleged involvement in the anomalous purchase in 2009 of rubber boats worth PhP 4.54 million.

Aside from dismissal and permanent disqualification from government service, the Office of the Ombudsman also ordered the forfeiture of retirement benefits and the cancellation of the civil service eligibility of the following:
  1. Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal
  2. Chief Superintendent Rizaldo Tungala Jr.
  3. Chief Superintendent George Piano
  4. Senior Superintendent Asher Dolina
  5. Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Yuzon
  6. Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas
  7. Senior Superintendent Thomas Abellar
  8. Senior Superintendent Nepomuceno Magno Corpus Jr.
  9. Senior Superintendent Rico Payonga
  10. Senior Superintendent Alex Sarmiento
  11. Senior Superintendent Aleto Jeremy Mirasol
  12. Superintendent Michael Amor Filart
  13. Superintendent Job Marasigan
  14. Superintendent Leodegario Visaya
  15. Superintendent Henry Doque
  16. Chief Inspectors Juanito Estrebor
  17. Chief Inspectors Renelfa Saculles
  18. Police Officer 3 Avensuel Dy
  19. PNP Accounting Division chief Antonio Retrato
  20. state auditor for the PNP Jaime SaƱares
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also ordered charges for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against them as well as Chief Supt. Villamor Bumanglag and Roselle Ferrer and Pacita Umali of Four Petals Trading, the supplier of the rubber boats.

Additional charges of falsification of public documents were also ordered against Piano and Duque.

Not only were the rubber boats purchased without the benefit of public bidding, they were also certified to be up to standards despite being found defective on delivery, Morales said.

When a resolution to procure 20 rubber boats, Bumanglag, the former director of the Maritime Group, requested that the price for each craft be increased from PhP 250,000 to PhP 312,000, which left the PNP able to afford only 16 units.

When the boats were delivered in March 2010, among the defects noted were: (1) lack of water temperature gauges, fuel gauges, engine oil pressure gauges and speedometers; (2) engines were not operational; (3) no rudder posts, one damaged outrigger; (4) no ampere gauge; (5) no canvass; (6) no hole back portion for starboard side; (7) no alternator; (8) stacked-up transmission; and (9) no heater plug.

Despite these, the accused officers certified them and the vessels were paid for in August the same year.

Among the violations of procurement rules found, on the other hand, were (1) undated and unnumbered procurement documents; (2) supplier was not a technically, legally and financial capable supplier given that its address is located in a residential area with no company website; and (3) FPT is not known in the coastal craft-building industry.

Morales said "the significant events leading to the procurement of 16 PCCs would not only reveal badges of irregularities but also of haste and preference to buy from FPT as the sole and only choice of supplier for coastal crafts."