2014-04-16 06:46:48 -
Lea Salonga's dad fired and indicted over graft charges
The father of world famous Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga is facing jail over a corrupt contract at Subic Bay in the Philippines
Feliciano Salonga, along with 17 other former and serving executives, has been charged in relation to the corrupt handling of a contract at ports at Subic Bay.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the indictment of top officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).
In a Resolution approved on 07 April 2014, Ombudsman Morales ordered the filing of an Information for violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019 against 18 serving and former executives of the
Likewise included in the charge sheet are Reghis Romero II and Michael Romero, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, respectively, of Harbour Centre Port Terminal, Inc. (Harbour Centre).
Documents show that on 24 February 2010, SBMA entered into Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Harbour Centre for the development, operation and management of the Naval Supply Depot and the ports in Boton, Alava, Rivera and Bravo.
The Terms of Reference granted it concession as exclusive port operator of the five (5) ports and exclusive cargo handling for foreign and domestic break-bulk and bulk cargoes for the entire zone. In exchange, the SBMA stood to receive a fixed and guaranteed share of US$32,000,000.00 for the 25-year agreement, as well as a variable revenue share.
The case stemmed from the separate complaints filed by port operators Amerasia International Terminal Services, Inc. (AITSI) and Subic Seaport Terminal Inc. (SSTI) which contested the award to Harbour Centre.
The 32-page Joint Resolution stated that the SBMA officials “displayed manifest partiality and evident bad faith in the performance of their functions.”
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