DOJ reviews NBI complaint vs. LapeAa

MANILA Government lawyers are evaluating the complaint filed against former Customs Commissioner and current Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Isidro LapeAa.

It is undergoing review, Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon said Monday when asked on the complaint filed by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against LapeAa last November 12.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will let state prosecutors determine whether the case should undergo preliminary investigation at the DOJ or with the Ombudsman.

Our state prosecutors will resolve this issue shortly, the Secretary said of the complaint which arose from the irregularities in the release of over 105 container vans containing ceramic tiles worth around PHP69 million from the Port of Manila (POM) last March.

The NBI has accused LapeAa of violating Section 3, Paragraph (e) of Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and urged that he be administratively charged with Gross Neglect of Duty and Grave Misconduct.

The shipments were tagged with manual alert orders (MAO) but were which were released by Asia Terminals Inc. (ATI) based on forged release orders.

The NBI pointed out LapeAa issued MAO even though the electronic to mobile (e2m) system was accessible and fully operational. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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