POLICE arrested former municipal engineer and co-accused of former Aloguinsan, Cebu mayor Cynthia Moreno in the illegal purchase of construction materials at 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Barangay Arpili, Balamban, Cebu.
The joint tracker teams Liloan, Balamban and Aloguinsan police stations caught Orven Manigos Nengasca, 46.
Nengasca was convicted of violating Section 3 (e) of Repiblic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The decision was handed down by Sandiganbayan First Division and signed by Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz.
The arrest came after an informant told Superintendent Randy Korret, the Liloan police chief, about Nengasca's presence in Arpili.
Korret then coordinated with Aloguinsan Police Chief Sigmund Freud Cruz and Balamban Police Chief Deni Mari Pedrozo to arrest Nengasca.
The anti-graft court also convicted Nengasca's fellow accused, including Moreno, former Municipal Councilor Emelia Luz Celiz, Municipal Budget Officer Nonela Villegas, Municipal Agricultural Officer Marilyn Flordeliza, Municipal Assessor John Lim, Municipal Civil Registrar Pepito Manguilimotan and utility worker Gertrudes Ababon.
Celiz was caught last January 19, while Moreno and other accused are still at large.
The accused were sentenced to spend from six years and one month to 10 years in jail and barred from working again in government.
The case stemmed from the procurement of aluminum composite panels from Diamond Interior Industries Corp. worth P1,190,037.50 without a public bidding, which is required under RA 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act. (KAL/SunStar Cebu)