Leonardia linked to overpriced computer purchases-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
EXECUTIVE Assistant Sarah Esguerra, retired police investigator Victor Eduardo, and casual employee Othello Ramos on Wednesday said that Bacolod Lone District Rep. Evelio Leonardia has a “computer scam.”
Bacolod City purchased computer units worth P1,132,400 in November 2006 from PC City Corp., with address in Bacolod City, Esguerra said at a press briefing.
But what is surprising in the voucher was the address in Quezon City, added Esguerra.
According to the findings of the Commission on Audit in its Annual Audit Report in 2006, the said procurements are highly irregular and overpriced.
The items contained in the bid proposal submitted have no unit of origin or model, brand and type to determine the exact specification, said Esguerra.
Deliveries were made in China and Taiwan, it was further revealed.
It was verified that the 22 computer units of each equivalent unit specification is only P1,028,803 in comparison to its total actual price of P1,132,400 or a difference of P103,597.
The second package was bought by the city with FELTA Multi Media which consists of 10 computer packages, added Esguerra.
Each computer package is worth P250,000. As per their investigation, FELTA Multi Media does not sell computers but office supplies as per findings of the Ombudsman, she further said.
But by looking at the purchase order of PC City Corp., with the address in Bacolod City, (it) bore the same signature from FELTA.
"How can somebody from Quezon City and one from Bacolod City meet and had one signature in two purchases? As per our investigation, we have identified the person concerned as a certain Alejandro Uberas," Esguerra said.
She added that they were looking for these computers worth P5 million but have not seen even a single unit.
Eduardo said with the Consolidated Evaluation Report, he waited for the Ombudsman, but nobody came.
"Since I am an investigator by profession, I investigated the matter and found out the identity of Mr. Uberas who signed the two purchase orders. There is no need of even an expert to do the identification," he said.
Eduardo has filed a supplementary affidavit to PACPO in the region and also with the Ombudsman.
"I also prepared a motion to resolve the case because their condition in this consolidated report is for me to identify the person concerned. And also the copy of the 2006 audit report with the prayer that all will be resolved now."
The Ombudsman has recommended that the instant cases be closed and terminated and henceforth redocketed for fact-finding investigation, as signed Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol.
If documentary evidence is lacking, the Ombudsman closes and terminates the complaint but directs the conduct of the fact-finding investigation.
"We will comply with what is lacking by filing a supplementary motion wherein we will submit the 2006 COA report and the identification of one signatory to two purchases," Esguerra said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 29, 2013.