Ombudsman indicts Quezon mayor for graft

April 10, 2019

LUCENA CITY -- A three-termer municipal mayor of Quezon province and four of his department heads are now in “hot” water after they were slapped with graft and corruption case by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Charged with violations of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 otherwise known as the Anti- Graft and Corrupt Practices Act are Mulanay, Quezon Mayor Joselito Ojeda; Municipal Engineer Delio de Leon who also chairs the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC); Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Marissa Cortez; Municipal Budgey Officer Noel Eroa; and Revenue Collection Clerk II Marina Palilio who are all members of BAC.

The case stemmed from the decision of the municipal government to purchase a unit generator set amounting to P500,000 on February 5, 2015.

The complaint against the accused officials was filed by private complainant Crispin Bariata who alleged that they conspired with one another to bring the generator set to Kamhantik Mountain, which is about six kilometers away from the poblacion of Mulanay, and that it was used to supply electricity in cases of power outage, to the radio station Katikbak Enterprises, Inc. (KEI) owned and operated by the Ojeda family.

While being probed by the Field Investigation Bureau-Luzon of the Ombudsman, it was found out that the BAC recommended to the Mayor Ojeda to award the contract to Alta Manpower Corporation (AMC), which was declared as the only eligible bidder despite lack of several technical documents, manpower requirements, delivery schedule and after sales warranty.