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Cebu councilor charged with graft

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Barili, Cebu Councilor Jeremias Aguilar is facing an anti-graft case before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for allegedly entering into a contract with a private firm for the purchase of a heavy-duty rescue van without a resolution or ordinance.

Timoteo Pason of Barangay Poblacion alleged that Aguilar, as acting officer-in-charge of Barili, entered into a contract with Conequip while Mayor Marlon Garcia was serving his suspension in August 2018.

The Freeman reported that Aguilar entered into a contract on September 14, 2018 even though the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) awarded the bidding only on January 4, 2019, said Pason.

The politiko, he added, entered into a Deed of Absolute Sale despite having no fund allocation.

A February 19, 2019 memorandum showed that Aguilar ordered Edward Barolo, acting treasurer at that time, to issue a check for the payment of the heavy-duty rescue van allegedly delivered on January 14, 2019.

The amount used to buy a heavy duty rescue van was taken from the financial assistance provided by the provincial government through Governor Hilario Davide III in November last year.

In September 2018, the Sangguniang Bayan of Barili passed a resolution requesting P6-million worth of financial assistance from Davide for the purchase of a mini dump truck.