Ex-mayor Guardo charged with graft over tractor purchase
Former Cantilan, Surigao del Sur mayor Tomas Luga Guardo has been charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged anomalous purchase of a P2.2 million farm tractor.
The Office of the Ombudsman filed the case before the Sandiganbayan after finding probable cause to indict Guardo.
The case stemmed from the 2005 purchase of a farm tractor worth P2.2 million from Golden Harvest Global Corporation.
However, the Ombudsman said the purchase made even though there was a failure to conduct a post-qualification assessment to the winning bidder and the tractor’s failure to comply with the required technical specifications.
The tractor only had eight forward and two reverse transmission gears and a lifting capacity of 1,372 kilograms.
The local government had sought a tractor which has 18 forward and reverse transmission gears and the 1,972-kilogram maximum lift.