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Duque, Lao pinakakasuhan ng Ombudsman sa P41B fund transfer sa COVID supplies

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinag-utos ng Ombudsman na sampahan ng kasong katiwalian sina dating Health Secretary Francisco Duque III at dating Budget Undersecretary Christopher Lao sa umano’y iregularidad sa paglilipat ng mahigit P41 bilyong pondo sa pagbili ng COVID-19 supplies sa kasagsagan ng pandemya.

Sa hiwalay na desisyon sa reklamong administratibo laban kina Duque at Lao, nakita ng Ombudsman na guilty ang mga ito sa grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, at conduct prejudicial to the service.

Samantala, ibinasura naman ng Ombudsman ang criminal at administrative complaints laban kina Ma. Carolina V. Taiño, Myrna C. Cabotaje, Roger Tong-an. Leopoldo Vega, Napoleon Arevalo, Enrique Tayag, Filpina Velasquez, Lorica Rabago, at Crispinita Valdez.

Sa 49-pahinang resolusyon na may petsang Mayo 6 at ibilabas nitong Biyernes, sinabi ng Ombudsman na labag sa batas ang ginawang paglilipat ng DOH ng P41 bilyon sa
Procurement Services ng DBM na pinamumunuan ni Lao.

Pinapayagan lamang umano ang PS-DBM na bumili ng common use supplies (CSE). Ito ay hindi sakop ng COVID-19 pandemic supplies na binili mula sa P41 bilyon na alokasyon mula sa DOH.

“There is no indication that when GPPB (Government Procurement Policy Board) Resolution No. 03-2020 was approved on 09 March 2020, or immediately thereafter, the items declared as CSE are already available at the PS-DBM,” sinabi ng Ombudsman.

“In fact, a 25 March 2020 announcement in the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), which serves as the central mortal for all procurement information and activities of the Philippine Government, showed that PPEs (personal protective equipment), testing kits and other CSE included items were not available in the PS-DBM,” dagdag pa nito.

“Thus, the technical condition set by the CSE definition was not met in this case. Worth stressing is the fact that the advisory is consistent with Lao’s testimony [during the Senate hearing] as to the lack of medical items in the PS-DBM’s inventory,” pagpapatuloy.

“It is evident that DOH did not ‘source’ the COVID-19-related supplies from PS-DBM but instead ‘outsourced’ the procurement activity to PS-DBM since the latter’s ‘store’ did not have the medical supplies that DOH intended to buy at the time the fund transfers were made.”

Sinabi rin ng Ombudsman na maaari namang DOH mismo ang bumili ng COVID-19 supplies.

“In this case, however, the DOH has opted to transfer the funds to PS-DBM in order for the latter to acquire the items needed by the DOH from the suppliers,” saad pa sa resolusyon.

“Thus, the resulting arrangement added another layer by bringing in PS-DBM as DOH’s Procurement Agent. Instead of a simplified process, the procurement mechanism that involves/PS-DBM became more complicated and therefore, inconsistent with the purpose to hasten project implementation,” pagpapatuloy.

Ang reklamo laban kina Duque at Lao ay isasampa sa Sandiganbayan. RNT/JGC