THE Office of the Ombudsman has issued yet another 10 dismissal orders against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno in relation to alleged irregularities committed by Moreno during his tenure as Misamis Oriental governor.
Lawyer Dale Mordeno, Moreno’s legal counsel, said they already filed a motion for reconsideration last Monday, September 18, and will file again next week a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals.
Mordeno said he received the new rulings last week, September 13 and 14.
"I received that on September 13 and 14, last week. These are additional 10 cases which are part of the 48 cases that was covered in the special audit report conducted by the special audit team involving the transactions in the capitol, which was then headed by Governor Moreno, from years 2007 until 2012," he said.
"We have filed a motion for reconsideration already, last Monday, and next week, because the dismissal orders will be implemented again by the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government), we will file again a petition for certiorari, together with the motion to consolidate all these cases para ma-isa lang," he added.
"Wala pa nahurot ang 48, so possibly, naa na sad siguro ko madawat, kay ihurot man gyud ng 48, dili man nila binlan kung dili mahurot. Samok lagi," Mordeno said.
The Ombudsman found voluminous case records that showed the officials "approved and facilitated the payment of P1,414,179.40 for the lease of fuel tankers, trailer trucks, and vibratory road roller on various dates in 2007, and from 2011 and 2012."
The officials, according to the Ombudsman, did not conduct public bidding for any of the lease contracts, and instead, resorted to the alternative method of Shopping.
To date, Moreno, along with Elmer Wabe, Patrick Gabutina, Rolando Pacuribot, Elsie Lopoy, and Leemar Tinagan has already received 36 dismissal orders for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, pertaining to the heavy equipment leased without public bidding.
All 48 cases were filed by Antonio Nunez, a self-acclaimed anti-corruption crusader.
Moreno, in a previous press conference, maintained that he had to rent the equipment because the provincial government, has no money left due to its debt for paying the defunct Misamis Oriental Telephone System Inc.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 23, 2017.