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21 PNP officials, civilian conspirators in P131.5-M rubber boat scam raps

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The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) said Saturday it charged before the Office of the Ombudsman 21 former and active police officials in connection with the anomalous purchase of rubber boats.

This include retired and active police officials previously implicated in the Raven 1 PNP helicopter conspiracy, for their involvement this time in the anomalous P 131.5-million negotiated procurement in 2009 of 75 police rubber boats (PRB) and 18 spare outboard motors (OBM) intended for the use of the PNP Maritime Group.

CIDG chief, Police Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. said that the CIDG filed last Oct. 6, 2011 charges of violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Falsification by Public Officer against four retired police executives, 12 active police officials and five civilians, including two civilian employees.

In a 73-pages Investigation Report, the CIDG identified those charged as PNP Chief, retired Police Director General Jesus Verzosa; Deputy Chief PNP for Administration, Deputy Police Director General Benjamin Belarmino Jr.; retired Deputy Police Director General Jefferson P. Soriano; Police Director Luizo C. Ticman; retired Police Director Romeo Hilomen; Police Director George Q. Piano; Police Chief Supt. Herold Ubalde;

Police Chief Supt. Luis Saligumba; Police Sr. Supt. Job Nolan Antonio; Police Supts. Edgar Pataan, Joel Garcia, Ermiliando Villafuerte, Roman Loreto, and Henry Duque; Police Chief Inspector Ronald Lee; SPO3 Maria Linda Padojinog; civilian employees Ruben Gonggona and Marife Dungca.

Also charged as co-conspirators in the questionable negotiated procurement were the suppliers, Harold Ong of Enviro Aire, Senen Arabaca of Geneve SA Philippines and Alex Tayao of Bay Industrial Philippines.

Pagdilao said that CIDG’s investigation on the rubber boat scam and the filing of cases against the 21 respondents stemmed from the findings and complaint made by the Maritime Group that there were noted defects and functional incompatibility in the delivered 75 Zodiac FC 470 Futura Commando Rubber Boats.

Pagdilao said that defects were particularly noted on the 41 PRBs delivered by the supplier Geneve SA Philippines that could not be fitted with the 60 Horse Power engines supplied by Enviro-Aire, which provided reasons why most of these procured rubber boats were not used for their intended purpose. (Joel C. Atencio-PNA)




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