Puentevella doubts authenticity of resolution-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
BACOLOD City administrator Rolando Villamor expressed doubts on the authenticity of the alleged documents reportedly coming from the Office of the Ombudsman indicting Mayor Monico Puentevella and two other individuals for graft over alleged purchased of overpriced computer packages.
Villamor and Puentevella were surprised with the said report that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approved the filing of the graft charges against the mayor, a former regional director of the Department of Education, and the supplier of the computer packages.
Villamor said they are yet to receive the official copy from the Office of the Ombudsman wherein the only copy they got is from unofficial sources.
“I am doubting the authenticity, the veracity and the genuineness” Villamor said.
Villamor said the documents show some questionable features wherein there were only two signatories on the resolution and based on his experience decisions from the ombudsman has either four or more signatures.
“There are signatories from the special investigator, recommending approval, and many more but the said document only reveal one recommending person and then the approval,” Villamor said.
He also noted the date of the approval wherein it took only two days for the ombudsman to approve the recommendations.
Villamor also pointed out that the same reason why Puentevella does not want to make an official comment on the matter is because of the possibility that it is fake.
Villamor also explained that granting for the sake of argument that the resolution was authentic, their camp can always make an appeal before the ombudsman.
He said further that they can also make a petition before the Supreme Court and question the decision made by the ombudsman.
Villamor said he is also in doubt if there would be a suspension even though there is provision under the Ombudsman Act on preventive suspension.
The city administrator explained that there are many other decision from the ombudsman that officials of the government were never issued suspension and had even “outlived” the decision before it is solved with finality.
The mayor said he will be meeting with his lawyers headed by Villamor to discuss the matter after the MassKara Festival.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 19, 2013.