Ex-university prexy convicted for lack of public bidding in IT project-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
A FORMER president of the Cagayan State University (CSU) will spend around six to 10 years in prison and has been barred from entering public service for pushing through with a computer system network project without public bidding.
Found guilty by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan's Special Second Division was Armando Cortes for violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Cortes and Joseph Acorda, former CSU vice president for administrative affairs and chairman of the pre-qualification, bids, and awards committee, awarded the P1.2-million contract in 1996 to Orlino Rabara, owner of ACI Aneco Computers, Inc.
However, the Commission on Audit (COA) found that items were purchased without bidding or canvass of prices, thus, giving unwarranted benefit to ACI Aneco.
"ACI Aneco Computer profited from the transaction without showing that its offer was the most advantageous to the government," the court said.
In the same decision, the Sandiganbayan acquitted Cortes, Acorda and Rabara of graft in another case involving the alleged irregular purchase of medical/laboratory supplies worth P170,950 "for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt."
The cases against Bienvenido Bernardino, former CSU internal control auditor, were earlier dismissed in December 2008 because of his death.
The decision was penned by newly-appointed Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang with Associate Justices Roland Jurado and Alexander Gesmundo concurring. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)