Ex-mayor Guardo charged with graft over tractor purchase

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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.