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Ombudsman suspends 25 Coast Guard officers
« on: December 05, 2016, 11:26:09 PM »
If this is implemented, the whole PCG leadership will be gutted out.  :o

PHILSTAR: 25 Coast Guard officers suspended

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday ordered the preventive suspension of 25 high-ranking officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for irregularities in cash advances totaling P67.5 million.

The respondents are facing charges for grave misconduct, serious dishonest and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The following PCG officers will be suspended for six months:

    Vice-Admiral Rodolfo Isorena
    Rear Admiral William Melad
    Rear Admiral Cecil Chen
    Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, Jr.
    Commodore Aaron Reconquista
    Commander John Esplana
    Commander William Arquero
    Commander Jude Thaddeus Besinga
    Commander Roben De Guzman
    Commander Angel Lobaton IV,
    Commander Ferdinand Panganiban
    Commander Joselito Quintas
    Commander Ivan Roldan
    Commander Rommel Supangan
    Commander George Ursabia, Jr.
    Commander Ferdinand Velasco
    Commander Wilfred Burgos
    Commander Allen Dalangin
    Captain Joeven Fabul
    Captain Angelito Gil
    Captain Ramon Lopez
    Captain Christopher Villacorte
    Lt. Junior Grade Mark Franklin Lim II
    Lt. Mark Larsen Mariano
    Accounting Head Rogelio Caguioa

The 25 officers allegedly used cash advances amounting to P67,533,289 to purchase office supplies and information technology equipment without complying with procurement regulations.


VADM Isorena has already retired last year.
RADM Melad is now the current PCG Commandant.

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Ombudsman orders suspension of Coast Guard chief, 24 officers
Morales directed Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to enforce the suspension order to prevent the officials from using their positions to influence an ongoing probe.

“The respondents’ respective positions allow them to wield influence on possible witnesses and to access public records, [and] their continued stay in office may not only prejudice the cases against them but also allow them to commit further acts of malfeasance,” Morales said.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2016, 11:35:40 PM by 40niner »
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