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Ex-Rizal mayor Tanjuatco charged over fertilizer fund scam

May 23, 2018 @ 19:51

Former Tanay, Rizal mayor Tomas Ricardo Tanjuatco has been charged with graft over his alleged involvement in the 2004 fertilizer fund scam.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed the case before the Sandiganbayan after finding probable cause to indict him of graft.

Also named as his co-accused are Municipal Planning and Development coordinator Adorable Sunga, Executive Assistant III Godofredo Mariano, Municipal Budget Officer Nenita Vines, Engineer II Yolando Reyes, and Bids and Awards Committee member Ruben Pendre.

Records show that from May to October 2004 the municipality purchased Feshan Philippines Inc. 1,333 bottles of Bio Nature Liquid Organic Fertilizer worth P1,951,082.72.

However, the Ombudsman pointed out the deal was made without undergoing the required public bidding.

Though the purchase was made through direct contracting, it added no justification was made in accordance with the Manual of Procedures for the Procurement of Goods and Services.

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