Graft charges filed vs ex-Romblon guv on P4.8-M fertilizer deal

MANILA-- The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Romblon Governor Eleandro Madrona and six others in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of PHP4.8-million liquid organic fertilizer in 2004.

In its complaint, the Ombudsman alleged that Madrona took advantage of his post when he acted with "manifest partiality, evident bad faith, or gross inexcusable negligence" in awarding a PHP4.8-million contract to Feshan Philippines (Feshan) for the purchase of 3,333 bottles of Bio Nature fertilizer.

The Ombudsman added that Madrona and his co-accused in the case gave "unwarranted benefits, privilege and advantage" to Feshan since the contract did not go through a public bidding, a violation of the government's rules on procurement.

The other respondents in the case were former provincial officials Geishler Fiedacan Fabri, Ruby Fababeir, Joel Angcaco Sy, Anthony Rugas and Oscar Placito Galos.

Also named as a private respondent in the case was Feshan representative Elisa Morales.

A PHP30,000 bail bond was recommended for each of the accused.

Source: Philippine News Agency