Why did it take them 14 years to figure this out? In the United States, an ordinary toilet will cost $35,000 - 35,000 if it is being purchased by a government agency when the exact same toilet will cost the regular person probably $300 from a hardware store. There is no bribery involved. The purchasing manager was not bribed. It's just the way business is done when it is the government who is doing the buying.
- Published : Thursday, May 19, 2011 00:00
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THE Sandiganbayan yesterday acquitted comedian and former Parañaque City Mayor Joey Marquez of the nine counts of graft charges filed against him in connection with overpriced broomsticks for lack of evidence.
“Without competent proof that the transactions were overpriced, then the prosecution failed to establish that the transactions involving the purchase of walis tingting are grossly and manifestly disadvantageous to the city government of Paranaque,” the Second Division said.
Aside from Marquez, also exonerated were Marilou Tanael, city accountant, Flocerfida Babida, city budget officer, Ofelia Caunan, officer-in-charge of General ServicesOffice, Ailyn Romea, former head staff of the Office of the Mayor, Ricardo Adriano, enterpreneur and owner of RDJ Enterprise and Realina Ty, owner of REAL Trading.
Silvestre de Leon, city accountant, was dropped as respondent because of his death.
The case stemmed from the report made by the Commission on Audit on overpriced broomsticks during the stint of Marquez as city mayor from 1996 to 1997.
Based on the audit report, the 63,430 pieces of broomsticks were bought for P14 to P25 each when the actual price is only P11 each.