Three former officials of the DPWH RO 5 are now facing charges before the Sandiganbayan after entering into alleged anomalous contracts of lease to private respondent Lionson Cribe.
The Office of the Ombudsman charged former Regional Director Eleneo Colinares, Jr., District Engineer Gilbert Olfindo and Treasurer Teresita Demabasa with violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The Ombudsman claimed that the accused used their official position and conspired to commit the offense.
Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Maricel Quilates who prepared the charge sheet stated that the vehicle lease of contracts ran from 1999 to 2002 totaled P889, 178. The said contracts were neither authorized nor appropriated by the department.
Each respondent can however post bail amounting to P30, 000. (J.Realuyo/A.Barola)