THE Sandiganbayan has convicted a former mayor from Laguna and three other local officials on alleged irregularities in the bidding for a P36-million automation project for the Lucena City government’s revenue generation system in 2002.
In a 74-page decision penned by Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez, the Sandiganbayan Third Division sentenced ex-Lucena City mayor Ramon Talaga to an imprisonment of six years.
Ofelia Garcia, the former city planning and development officer and technical evaluation committee chairperson, along with former budget officer and bids and awards committee member Ester Matibag and former assistant city treasurer and BAC member Mercedita Capulong, were also convicted.
Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justice Bernelito Fernandez concurred with the decision.
The anti-graft court found Talaga and the rest guilty beyond reasonable doubt of illegally awarding the contract to IT-firm Amellar Solutions without a public bidding.
The Sandiganbayan also meted out perpetual disqualification from holding any other public office against the four convicted officials.