The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri for implementing an anomalous drainage system contract in 2011, it said in a statement on Wednesday, June 29.
The Commission on Audit (COA) said the project was neither given specific appropriation ordinance nor approved by the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Caloocan City. The COA also released a Notice of Disallowance for the project in October 2013, the Ombudsman said.
Preliminary research by the anti-graft advocate shows that the contract with E.V. & E Construction (EVEC) to improve the drainage system of Molave St. in Pleasantview Subdivision cost P2.9 million.
“Without authority from the SP, Echiverri entered into a contract with EVEC which constituted an unwarranted benefit and privilege granted to a private party,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said.
Aside from Echieverri, ex-city accountant Edna Centeno and ex-budget officer Jesusa Garcia will be charged with information for graft and falsification of public documents.
A related administrative case found Centeno and Garcia guilty of grave misconduct and were, consequently, perpetually barred from holding public office.
“The offense of Grave Misconduct carries the penalty of dismissal from the service. In case the penalty cannot be imposed due to separation from the service, however, it is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondents’ one year salary,” the Ombudsman said.