Ombudsman dismisses raps versus Puentevella, 3 others

Former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella*

 The Ombudsman has dismissed a criminal complaint filed in 2017   against former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella and three others    for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for lack of probable cause.

Also dismissed was an administrative case for misconduct filed against the four for lack of substantial evidence.

 The dismissal of the cases was approved by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Dec. 2, 2021, and released to the media on Tuesday, June 28.

The other respondents in the case   were Jerome Solinap, then   Bacolod Bids and Awards Committee chairman, Assistant City Engineer Josephus Cerna and maintenance foreman Harry James Magbanua.

The complaints filed by Samuel Montoyo stemmed from the alleged irregularities in the 2016 procurement of a 61-seater bus with an engine that was purportedly a 1994 model instead of being brand new.

The ombudsman’s resolution said the respondents were able to show certifications that the engine of the bus was indeed brand new based on the standards set by the Land Transportation Office of Bacolod City.

There is no evidence on record   showing that the engine is a 1994 model or was not brand new, it added.

Puentevella said all of the cases filed against him by Montoyo, an ally of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonarda, have been dismissed.

He said he will file malicious prosecution charges against Montoyo.*

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