A former mayor of in Davao Oriental and 11 others local government officials will be charged with graft for purchasing P15 million worth of construction equipment without a bidding a decade ago.
The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of criminal charges against former Mayor Ramie Rosit of Boston, Davao Oriental; municipal vice-mayor Amie Monredondo; councilors Judith Castres, Luisa Alac, Juvenil Linaza, Wilfredo Jubac, Levira Lintogonan, Norberto Dumaguete, Allen De Jesus, and Marcial Plaza; Association of Barangay Councils President Nilo Rosit ;and Sanguniang Kabataan Municipal Federation President Sotelo Vincent Cabrera for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).
Based on the report of the Commission on Audit (COA), the municipality of Boston entered into a P15 million loan agreement with the Philippine National Bank for the purchase of heavy equipment consisting of a motor grader and wheel loader.
The COA found that no public bidding was conducted and direct contracting was resorted to without finding out whether there were other sub-dealers selling at lower prices and whether suitable substitutes could be obtained at more advantageous terms to the government.
The criminal case against councilor Marcial Plaza was dismissed in view of his death in May 2009.