By Czarina Nicole Ong
Former Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) president Roberto Relevante Navida has been charged with graft and unlawful appointment before the Sandiganbayan Second Division due to the reportedly anomalous handling of employees’ fuel allowance and the unqualified appointment of several individuals.
Navida was slapped with three counts for violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, one count for violating Section 65(a)(3) of RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, and one count for violating Article 244 of the Revised Penal Code, also known as Unlawful Appointment.
For the graft charges, Navida was accused of giving unwarranted benefits to PADC officials Josefina Laquindanum, Neon Ebuen, Richard Lazaro, Loreta Tapac, Benjamin Duran Jr., Antonio Suba, and Rolanda Broas, among others, when he allocated gasoline or fuel allowances for their privately owned vehicles.
From June to December 2005, they were allocated P144,567.68 even though they already received their respective monthly representation allowance and transportation allowance.
His other graft charge was for appointing several individuals to various positions in the PADC despite their lack of eligibility and experience. Their appointment was also in violation of Executive Order No. 366 or the Rationalization Program.
As a result, the PADC paid them a total of P876,833.38 “despite their non-entitlement thereto,” according to Graft Investigation and Prosecution officer III Lucielo Ramirez Jr.
He was also accused of giving advantage to Vision Motor Shop by instructing PADC personnel to course the purchase of replacement parts and the repair or maintenance of PADC vehicles to the company without conducting public bidding first, which is the requirement of RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
As a result, the PADC paid a total of P295,345.69 to Vision Motors to the damage and prejudice of the government.
His bail bond has been set at P120,000.