PCG Officers promoted, Duterte suspends them


Two Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officers whom President Rodrigo Duterte elevated ended up having been preventively suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman over affirmed abuse of P27 million.

Commodore Athelo Ybañez and Captain Teotimo Borja Jr were elevated to the positions of Rear Admiral and Commodore, separately. Ybañez and Borja guaranteed before Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on April 30.

Surprisingly, Ybañez, Borja, and 7 other PCG officers are the subjects of a continuous examination by the Office of the Ombudsman over P27 million worth of loans which were found to have been dispensed unpredictably.

The 9 PCG officers were preventively suspended in April by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Course of events

In June 2017, the Commission on Audit named PCG officers who got loans for buys that were made without open offering. The officers were the PCG’s Special Disbursing Officers (SDOs).

The Field Investigation Bureau of the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Law Enforcement Officers (FIB-MOLEO) started a test.

The preventive suspension arrange was dated March 14, however it was marked by Morales just on April 30. Morales head of office, signs the requests of her deputies on the off chance that she endorses of them; the postponement of her marking could be because of accumulations.

Duterte marked Ybañez’s arrangement paper on March 28, and Borja’s on April 13. They both promised on April 30.

PCG representative Captain Armand Balilo and Secretary Tugade have not answered to Rappler’s inquiry on the present status of the officers.

The case

The examination includes 21 PCG officers, however 12 of them have either resigned or were rejected from benefit. They incorporate previous PCG boss resigned Rear Admiral William Melad and his forerunner, resigned Admiral Rodolfo Isorena.

Isorena and Melad are as of now confronting charges under the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

This specific case includes the COA review report saying that the officers got loans worth P27 million from 2013 to 2016 without conforming to rules.

They at that point made buys without open offering, and reports they submitted as a feature of the liquidation were observed to be “faulty,” with “deceptive authority receipts/deals solicitations/money solicitations purportedly issued by providers.”

“Without diving into the benefits of the case, adequate grounds exist to hold that the confirmation against respondents is solid as of now,” Morales’ suspension arrange peruses.

“Open respondents stand charged for grave unfortunate behavior, genuine contemptibility and lead biased to the best advantage enthusiasm of the administration. These charges, if demonstrated genuine, constitute reason for their expulsion from the taxpayer driven organization under the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service. Given respondents’ energy and expert, there is solid likelihood that they may impact witnesses or alter any proof material to the case,” the request said.

The 9 officers, including Ybañez and Borja, were preventively suspended “amid the pendency of this case until its end, however not to surpass the aggregate time of a half year, without pay.”

They are:

Commander Romeo Liwanag Jr

Commander Tito Alvin Andal

Commander Joselito Dela Cruz

Commander Christine Pauline Diciano

LCDR. Fatima Aleli Angeles

Captain Juancho Marano

Commodore (now Rear Admiral) Athelo Ybañez

Captain Julius Caesar Victor Marvin Lim

Captain (now Commodore) Teotimo Borja Jr

“Despite any movement, offer or request of that might be recorded by respondents looking for help from this Order, unless generally requested by this Office or by any court of equipped ward, the usage of this Order should not be hindered inside the period recommended,” the request included.

Duterte has a propensity for terminating officers whose demonstrations in office have a “whiff” of debasement.

In any case, in the running count, just two authorities he let go confronted charges: previous movement chiefs Al Argosino and Michael Robles, who are in prison over a loot charge identified with the P50-million pay off embarrassment including Jack Lam.

Others have been reappointed, including sacked Social Security System official Pompee Laviña, who was in the end named tourism undersecretary.

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