Caibiran, Biliran Mayor Eulalio Maderazo

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday ordered the filing of graft charges against Caibiran, Biliran Mayor Eulalio Maderazo and two other officials in connection with the procurement of medicines without public bidding in 2010.

Caibiran, Biliran Mayor Eulalio Maderazo
Caibiran, Biliran Mayor Eulalio Maderazo

In a statement, Morales accused Maderazo, Municipal Treasurer Loreto Serdeña, Jr. and Officer-in-Charge of Accounting Department Rodolfo Baguna of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Morales said that respondents were found to have conspired in giving unwarranted benefit, advantage and preference to the supplier, Andrea Medi Center.

In August 2010, the Municipality of Caibiran purchased medicines worth P283,335.15 for the use of its rural health unit.

Morales said that investigators found out that the purchase did not pass through the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and that payment was processed without supporting documents such as abstract of bids and minutes of BAC meeting.

Also, the Commission on Audit reported that the purchase had “no proper documentation.”

Morales said that Maderazo, Serdeña and Baguna are liable for unlawfully resorting to shopping as an alternative mode of procurement considering that the purchase price was beyond the P50,000-threshold allowed for a fourth class municipality.

“The supplier, Andrea Medi Center, was awarded the procurement contract without the benefit of a fair system in determining the best possible price for the government. The supplier was able to profit from the transaction without showing proof that their prices were the most beneficial to the government,” Morales said.

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