OCD director says corruption complaints baseless

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL
www.nordis.net

BAGUIO CITY — Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy dismissed the graft and corruption complaints against him by a former OCD employee filed with the Office of the Ombudsman as baseless.

“All claims in the alleged complaint are mere fabrications and purely baseless,” Uy said.

It can be recalled that Rex B. Manuel, a former employee of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), filed graft and corruption complaints at the Office of the Ombudsman against OCD Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy and Assistant Regional Director Jose Valera for alleged anomalies in the purchase of training equipment sometime in 2012.

The Office of the Ombudsman received Manuel’s complaint on December 2, 2014. But in a certification issued by Graft Investigation Officer II Atty. Julito Ramo, it stated that Uy does not have any criminal or administrative cases pending with the Office of the Ombudsman.

Uy questioned Manuel’s motive in filing the complaint. He aslo accused Manuel of publicizing the complaint to destroy his reputation.

“My legal counsel is assessing all possible options to protect my interests, including the taking of appropriate legal action against those who are maligning my reputation,” Uy stated.

Manuel in his complaint said that Uy and Valera manipulated the bidding process to favor Jet Bookstore over two other companies, Camp Sandugo Outdoor Shop-Robinson’s Galleria and Habagat. He said that he has personal knowledge of the incident because he was involved in the canvassing for the purchase of said training equipment.

He said that sometime in September 2012, Uy asked him to conduct a price canvass for equipment to be used in a scheduled training for OCD Cordillera personnel. On October 4 of the same year, he said Uy asked him to check out the prices of Camp Sandugo.

The store supervisor Mark Morrison sent a price list as requested within the same month.

Two weeks after on October 18, Manuel discovered that the price quotation sent by Camp Sandugo was altered after checking the delivered equipment that day.

He said Uy instructed him through text message that day to wait for the delivery of the training equipment.

On the said date, Jet Book Store delivered the training equipment that included rescue pulleys, ropes and harnesses.

Manuel said that while he was checking the deliveries he saw the Abstract of Canvass prepared by Valera who was then the Special Disbursing Office.

It was then that he found out that the Camp Sandugo price list where the names of the items were changed.

“It appears that there has been a tampering of the quotation from Mr. Morrison of Camp Sandugo. And since this document was submitted for the purpose of canvassing under the law (RA 9184), this becomes a public document,” Manuel stated in his complaint-affidavit.

Manuel further stated that Uy and Valera are the “only two persons who have a hand in the signing of the Abstract of Canvass” where the Camp Sandugo’s quotations were altered to favor Jet Bookstore.

Manuel further said that the equipment in question were withdrawn from the office on a Sunday, (October 21, 2012) a day before the scheduled training on October 22, 2012 at Camp Bado Dangwa. He said the training pushed through with trainers using their personal equipment.

“Withdrawing the training equipment a day before the training day is simply wrong and suspicious, but to withdraw them on a Sunday when no one is in the office is downright malicious. These incidents all the more paint a shady and dubious deal covering the equipment,” Manuel stated. # nordis.net

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