Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has given the "go signal" for the filing of graft charges against retired Philippine National Police chief Director General Jesus Verzosa and seven others before the Sandiganbayan for the anomalous purchase of 75 defective police rubber boats in 2008.
In a 34-page order signed Feb. 12, 2013, Morales denied the motions for reconsideration and upheld the earlier resolution signed Sept. 26, 2012 finding probable cause to indict:
Verzosa, Deputy Director Generals Jefferson Soriano and Benjamin Belarmino, Jr.; Directors Luizo Ticman, Ronald Roderos and Romeo Hilomen; Chief Supts. Herold Ubalde and Villamor Bumanglag for violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
All respondents, except Roderos, filed separate motions for reconsideration.
The order said the arguments presented by the respondents in their motions "are a mere rehash of their initial arguments set forth in their counter-affidavits which we already considered, weighed and resolved before we rendered the resolution sought to be considered."
The case arose from the complaint and supplemental complaint dated Nov. 15, 2011 and Feb. 17, 2012, respectively, filed by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices.
Records showed the PNP entered into four separate supply contracts all dated Dec. 18, 2009 with the following:
-- Enviroaire for the supply of 93 units of outboard motors with a total contract price of P44,175,000;
-- Enviroaire for the supply of 10 units of police rubber boats (PRBs) with a total contract price of P11,650,000;
-- Geneve for the supply of 41 units of PRB with a total contract price of P47,765,000; and
-- Bay Industrial for the supply of 10 units of PRB with a total contract price of P11,650,000.