[box type=”default” size=”large”] Graft case arises from repair of armored vehicles [/box]MANILA — The Sandiganbayan issued last July 23 hold-departure orders (HDOs) against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Avelino Razon, Jr. and 31 others, including former and incumbent police officials and several civilians, who are facing graft charges for the allegedly anomalous multi-million-peso repair and maintenance of 28 units of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV).

The HDOs, which were issued by the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division chaired by Acting Presiding Justice Gregory Ong, prevent the accused officials and civilians from travelling abroad.

Razon is the third PNP chief who is criminally charged under the Aquino administration.

The two other PNP chiefs who are  facing various charges ranging from graft to malversation are Leandro Mendoza, who also served as secretary of Department of Transportation and Communications and later on executive secretary under the Arroyo administration; and Jesus Versoza.

Aside from Razon, also charged with graft and malversation were Geary Barias, former director for Comptrollership; Teodorido Lapuz IV, acting director for logistics support services (LSS);Emmanuel Ojeda, member of the LSS bids and awards committee (LSS-BAC); Reuel Leverne Labrado, Anelle Forro, Henry Duque and Victor Puddao, all members of LSS-BAC; Josefina Dumanew, purchasing officer; Antonio Retrato, chief accountant; Warlito Tubon, inspection officer; Alex Barrameda, property inspector; Eulito Fuentes, supply accountable officer; Rainier Espina, acting chief of PNP Management Division; Reynaldo Varilla, member of National Headquarters (NHQ) BAC; Charlemagne Alejandrino, NHQ-BAC; Edgar Paatan, responsible supply police non-commissioned officer of LSS; Nancy Basallo, property inspector; Maria Teresa Narcise, property inspector; Eliseo dela Paz, former director for comptrollership; Victor Agarcio, chief of Transportation and Maintenance Division; Patricia Enaje, property inspector; and private individuals Oscar Madamba, Harold Ong ,Tyrone Ong, Pamela Pensotes, Evangeline Bais, Artemio Zuñiga, Gigie Marpa, Marianne Jimenez, Rasita Zaballero, and Carmencita Salvador.

Razon and his co-accused were charged with graft and malversation through falsification in connection with the purchase of 40 tires for LAVs, allegedly anomalous repair and maintenance of 10 V-150 LAVs; repair and maintenance of 18 more V-150 LAVs; and disbursement of PNP funds originally allotted for transportation and delivery expenses.

The alleged irregularity was discovered in 2011 when then PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to investigate and determine the criminal liability of the police officials and suppliers involved. (Manila Bulletin)


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