MANILA, Philippines - Graft charges have been filed against a ranking official of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and 13 others in connection with the allegedly anomalous purchase of a property in Zamboanga City 10 years ago.
In a complaint filed recently with the Sandiganbayan, the Office of the Ombudsman said NEA deputy administrator Pablo Pan III should be held liable for violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Aside from Pan, charged were 12 officers and employees of the Zamboanga Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) and private respondent Jovita Yeo.
Records showed that in 2007, Pan approved the procurement of two parcels of land amounting to P28.7 million.
Anti-graft investigators said Pan and the Zamcelco officials proceeded with the transaction despite knowing that Yeo, the seller, was not the registered owner of the property at the time of the sale.
Investigation showed Yeo bought the parcels of land from the previous owners for only P4.7 million.
The ombudsman said the respondents gave unwarranted benefits to Yeo to the detriment and prejudice of Zamcelco and its consumer-members.