MALOLOS CITY—Two former officials of San Ildefonso town in Bulacan have asked the Regional Trial Court to immediately stop the ongoing construction of the P120-million municipal cemetery.
In an eight-page sworn complaint, former vice mayor Rolando Centeno and ex-councilor Crisandro Mananghaya asked the RTC to issue a temporary restraining order against Mayor Gerald Galvez to stop and annul the procurement of the project.
The award and construction of the P150-million cemetery is not only rigged and anomalous but also illegal because the project was not in the 2015 town’s budget, the complainants said.
They also claimed that there was no valid Sanggunian Bayan Resolution that authorized Mayor Galvez to obtain a loan from the Philippine National Bank to finance the obvious “midnight deal” to circumvent the election ban.
They said the project did not comply with the posting requirements under Republic Act 9184 (PhilGEPS Law) including the publication in a newspaper of nationwide circulation that was mandatorily required for infrastructure projects costing more than P5 million. Hence, there was virtually no bidding and if ever there was, it was a sham or moro-moro, they said.
Also included in the complaint was the project contractor, Radthien Builders and owner Benjamin de Guzman of San Roque, San Rafael, Bulacan, including the president of Philippine National Bank, lawyer Reynaldo Maclang.