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Ex-mayor Yogore faces graft charge over shady grain center rehab

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Former Villadolid, Negros Occidental Mayor Rommel Yogore faces graft indictment for the questionable rehabilitation project of the municipal grain center in 2008.

The Office of the Ombudsman has issued a resolution saying it found probable cause to file a graft case against the respondent before the Sandiganbayan.

Those named as his co-accused were Municipal Agricultural Officer Giovanni Robles; Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members Joseph Alfonso Manayon, Ernesto Genobis, Daisy Galve, Cherryl Aguirre, Merlene Magbanua, and Ramonito Amazona; and Romeo Tanalgo of FranMar Agro-Industrial Sales.

Records show that in September 2008 the Sangguniang Bayan passed a resolution approving a P1-million project for the rehabilitation of the Municipal Level Grain Center and the repair of two mechanical grain dryers.

The accused contracted the services of Franmar Agro Industrial Sales, which received P689,000 for the repair of the grain dryers. The deal was made without the conduct of any public bidding.

“It is an established public policy, as well as statutory mandate, that all government procurement shall be done through competitive public bidding. Alternative methods shall be resorted to only in the highly exceptional cases provided under the law,” ruled Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

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