Baybay mayor faces another graft case

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


BAYBAY CITY -- Mayor Carmen Cari was again slapped with a graft case filed before the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas in Cebu City.

In her complaint affidavit, Virginia Dumaguing of Magsaysay Ave., Zone 2, Baybay City, claimed that Mayor Cari commenced a P140-million reclamation project covering nine hectares in Baybay City supposedly to attract business and enhance commercial activity expected to be finished by year end of 2012.

Dumaguing said that among the requirements necessary to start a reclamation project is an environment compliance certificate (ECC) issued by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), which is required under Presidential Decree No. 1586 and Presidential Proclamation No. 2146.

By commencing the reclamation project in the absence of an ECC, according to complainant Dumaguing, Cari is culpable to utter disregard to environmental impact.

Dumaguing also mentioned in her complaint-affidavit that on March 29, 2012, Director Letecia Maceda of the EMB regional office had officially replied to the letter request of Alvin Truya dated March 22, 2012, asking for a copy of the ECC of Baybay City reclamation project.

In Maceda’s reply letter to Truya dated March 29, 2012, she said, “We regret to inform you that there has been no ECC yet issued to the City of Baybay, and that is why this office required them to apply for a reclamation permit from DENR and for an ECC from this office, EMB. For starting development without first securing an ECC, Baybay’s attention had already been called and the imposition of the appropriate sanction is already under consideration.”

Dumaguing added in her affidavit that, by commencing the reclamation project without the requisite of ECC, Cari has willfully caused undue injury not only the government, but more importantly, to the residents of Baybay City, who have been unnecessarily exposed to environmental risks that the reclamation project may cause, which is violative to Sec. 3(e) of the Anti- Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The case was filed on October 30, 2012 at the Ombudsman Visayas.

Only about two weeks ago, a graft case against Cari was filed also at the Ombudsman by three complainants namely Vertillao Relevo, Agustin Bacusmo and Oscar Balan, all of Baybay City.
The three accuse the mayor of causing the purchase of office supplies, drugs and medicines in 2010 amounting to P7,391,009.31 without the requisite public bidding.

In a very brief statement on October 31, Cari said they have not yet started the reclamation project. But she said she is ready to face all these series of cases being filed against here. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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