MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan has sentenced five former officials of a water district in Davao City to 10 years imprisonment for the anomalous award of a P2.3-million well drilling project in 1998.
In a 37-page decision penned by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, the anti-graft court found former Davao City Water District General Manager William Guillen, Department Managers Rey Chavez and Arnold Navales, Division Manager Rosindo Almonte and Assistant General Manager Alfonso Laid guilty of graft charges.
Records showed that Ombudsman prosecutors managed to establish that the accused awarded the communal well drillingproject to Hydrock without competitive bidding.
“In the award of government contracts, the law requires a competitive public bidding… it aims to protect the public interest by giving the public the best possible advantages,” the resolution read.
Prosecutors also presented documentary evidence, such as notice of award and contract, to prove that the project implementation started in December 1997 despite the fact that the award was made only in February 1998.
The cases against co-accused former General manager Wilfredo Carbonquillo and Assistant General Manager Wilfred Yamson, who both remain at-large, were archived pending their arrest.