Ex-Coast Guard chief charged over P9.5-M rescue equipment deal

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2018 01:02 PM

MANILA - Former Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Wilfredo Tamayo was charged with graft at the Sandiganbayan over a P9.5 million deal for the purchase of rescue equipment and other items in 2008.

In the information approved by then-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales last July 11, Tamayo “criminally caused undue injury to the PCG and the government” by approving the contract and the disbursement voucher for the procurement of Special Maritime Advance Rescue Team (SMART) items from Joshwell Trading.

Full payment for the SMART items were supposedly made in 2009 “notwithstanding the fact that Joshwell Trading only made a partial delivery of the SMART items, as indicated in the Inspection and Acceptance Report attached to the DV (disburesement voucher).”

According to the Ombudsman, the acts of Tamayo caused “damage and prejudice” to the PCG and the government.

Tamayo served as chief of the PCG from 2008 to 2011.

The recommended bail by the Ombudsman amounts to P30,000.