Kasumpa-sumpa! DPWH director bares Usec Umpa’s corruption style
A regional director is claiming that Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Assistant Secretary Tinganun “Roger” A. Umpa, whom President Rodrigo R. Duterte earlier asked to resign or be sacked, gave his staff some “unusual instructions” during his inspection in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) last May 2 to 4, a few weeks before he was asked to quit.
In a report addressed to DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Region 10 Director Zenaida Tan bolstered allegations made by Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque who earlier bared that Umpa was asking for a cut from the projects awarded to contractors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) .
Tan first noticed something suspicious about the so-called ‘kalakaran’ or norm in DPWH when Umpa had asked her to book his ticket to CDO, along with three others, including his preferred accommodation, Limketkai Lux Hotel.
Umpa was accompanied by 8 policemen on top of his close-in escorts. Umpa demanded reimbursement for his irline ticket and hotel accomodation with over P100,000 but Tan refused because this was not allowed by her office.
“(Umpa) requested for a one-on-one talk with me. In our private meeting, he gave me many instructions. Some of which are insinuating (how) to earn extra income,” Tan, who was just a few weeks in her post, said in her report.
“Every time Asec. Umpa gives ‘unusual’ instructions, I readily inform him that I do not give updates to the higher-ups and that delicate management matters in my AOR (area of responsibility) should not be a secret to the top management. He said he will work it out in the Central Office,” she added.
Tan said that Umpa said he was sent by “Malacañang” to stop corruption and that there were demolition moves against him. He also said that he was asked to remove employees if necessary.
Tan revealed that Umpa sacked DWPH Engineer Mikunug Macabantog, and appointed his people to take over Macabantog’s DPWH projects in Lanao del Sur
Tan said that she was also instructed to tell contractors to deliver to Umpa his cut from the projects awarded to them.
“Asec. Umpa instructed me to tell the contractors of our project located within ARMM area (Asec. Umpa’s area) to deliver to him a 1 to 2 percent project share. I told Asec. Umpa that I cannot follow his instruction as it will destroy my image and the DPWH organization,” Tan said.
She later bared that Umpa was merely using Malacañang as his “shield” in carrying out his deeds.
In a Facebook post, Umpa denied the allegations.
“I want to clear my name. Kayong mga politician na contractor na corrupt dahil sa katiwalian niyo ako pa ngayun aag corrupt!” Umpa said.
“I’m calling the attention of MALACAÑANG to investigate all DPWH officials and all congressmen who are contractors..” he added.
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