Documents on ‘computer scam’ fast-tracked-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
THE submission of documents in the alleged overpriced computer and information technology (IT) packages purchased by the previous administration of Rep. Evelio Leonardia (lone district, Bacolod) is being fast-tracked.
This, as Sarah Esguerra, executive assistant of Mayor Monico Puentevella, said Friday together with one of the complainants against the Leonardia administration in what is now tagged as another “computer scam.”
The documents will be submitted to the fact-finding committee of the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas.
Esguerra said they are trying very hard to finish the production of the voluminous documents from the Commission on Audit (COA), including the proof of the identity of the “mysterious” person behind the signature of the representative from two computer and IT suppliers “that appeared very similar.”
Esguerra said they have to consider the bulk of the COA report they are reproducing, as well as the number of copies they will be submitting to the fact-finding team of the Ombudsman, including copies to the respondent.
Evidence, COA report
She expressed optimism they would have finished with all the documentary evidence Friday afternoon, and submit these immediately to the committee.
Esguerra said there is a hard copy of the 2006 COA report and the identification of one Alejandro Uberas whose signature appeared on the voucher for the alleged overpriced computer and IT packages from PC City Corporation and FELTA Multi-Media Corp.
The Bacolod City government purchased computer units worth P1,132,400 in November 2006 from PC City Corp., with the address in Bacolod City, and computer package worth P250,000 each totaling P5 million.
Esguerra’s complaint said they had not seen any of the said IT packages from FELTA. She pointed that with the submission of the COA findings and the identification of Uberas, the Ombudsman can soon issue its findings or resolution.
Not way of getting back
She stressed the development on the alleged overpriced computers and IT packages complaints against the previous administration is not a means of getting back at Leonardia.
Leonardia had earlier released to the media the data on Puentevella’s overpriced computer purchased chargeable to his pork barrel during his stint as congressman of the city.
We are just trying to seek justice for the people of Bacolod over the highly irregular purchases of said items, Esguerra pointed out.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 31, 2013.