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Ozamiz City Mayor Parojinog, daughter face graft charge for using family’s business in gymnasium project

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Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and his daughter Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez face a graft charge for having used their family’s company in the renovation of the provincial gymnasium in 2010.

In a statement posted on its website, the Office of the Ombudsman has issued a resolution finding probable cause to charge them with violating Section 3(h) of Republic Act (RA) 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The Ombudsman also ordered the filing of another graft case for violating Section 3(e) against eight officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Misamis Occidental Sub-district engineering office, namely, District Engineer Efren Berba, Accountant Cynthia Trangia, Engineers Dario Pusod, Vivian Lumingkit, Manuel Medina, Ramisis Jaimar Bicoy, Sofronia Uy and Administrative Officer Rosita Quinones.

The Ombudsman indicated that the Commission on Audit (COA) issued a Notice of Suspension for the project due to the conflict of interest between the end-user and the contractor, Parojinog and Sons.

Investigation found that Parojinog’s daughter is also the managing partner of the contractor.

“It is clear that Parojinog and Sons is a family enterprise in which respondent Parojinog has financial and material interest with access to information that will likely influence the result of the bidding process, [and] should have been disqualified,” read the Ombudsman resolution.