WHISTLE-BLOWER Jail Inspector Angelina Lumba Bautista of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) exclusively told Bohol News Today that the House of Representatives is expected to investigate the alleged BJMP fund scam involving some provinces including Bohol. Bautista assigned at Valenzuela City earlier executed a complaint-affidavit, accusing BJMP officials of plunder.
Bautista told BNT in phone interview yesterday that Rep. Enrique “Tet” Garcia, Jr., second district of Bataan province, has filed House Resolution No. 2134. “calling for an investigation, in aid of legislation, into the reported anomaly in the disbursements by the BJMP for subsistence allowances of inmates in various provincial jails which were already shouldered and paid for by the local government units concerned.”
Rep. Garcia cited as an example of BJMP’s taking over of the provincial jails Bataan province wherein the provincial government thereat and BJMP entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 18, 2010 for the latter to operate and manage provincial jails. Among the provinces that BJMP took over are Bohol, Iloilo, Albay, and Quezon, aside from Bataan.
The province of Bataan, Rep. Garcia said, “has since regularly appropriated and disbursed funds for the subsistence allowance of the inmates of the Bataan Provincial Jail without knowing that for the same period of time, the BJMP has been appropriating and releasing funds supposedly for exactly the same purpose but which never reached the inmates.”
With this situation, the province of Bataan spent some Php20 million every year for the prisoners’ subsistence, the solon said. The fund could have been spent for programs like scholarships and free health services “had it known that the BJMP has the budgetary allocation for it.”
Garcia’s resolution sees the need “to determine the extent of the anomaly and the damage inflicted as there may be other provinces which may have been similarly victimized by corrupt BJMP officials who apparently have taken advantage of the present situation over the provincial jails has yet to be delineated by law.”
Lately, Bautista exclusively furnished Bohol News Today with her three-page complaint subscribed on March 20, 2015 at Quezon City before Atty. Dina Camba, Graft Investigator and Prosecution Officer. She said in exclusive interview that the BJMP Bohol could be involved in the alleged misuse of funds since the provincial jail here used to be run by the provincial government is now operated/managed by the BJMP.
“I am filing this affidavit-complaint for the crime of plunder or the violation of Republic Act No. 7080, committed, and/or presently committed by senior BJMP officers/officials,” she said.
Named respondents include J/Director Diony Dacanay Mamaril, chief BJMP; J/Chief Superintendent Alfredo Daupan Soliba, chief, directorate for comptrollership; Chief Budget officer Mila Comia; J/SSupt Arnulfo Obias, former reginal director for BJMPR3; J/SINSP Jaime Bumactao, former disbursing officer for BJMPR3; J/Insp Lorna Capili, budget officer of BJMPR3; and J/Insp Gilbert Marpuri, Jr., accountant of BJMPR3.
Also charged with the said crime include all designated regional directors, all designated disbursing officers, accountants and budget officers of BJMPR3 from August 2010 to August 2013, she said.
She alleged that the named BJMP officials “in connivance with each other, amassed, accumulated or acquired ill-gotten wealth through a combination of series of overt or criminal acts through misappropriation, conversion, misuse of pblic funds or raids on the public treasury. The aggregate amount or total value of the ill-gotten wealth amassed, accumulated or acquired by the afore-mentioned BJMP officers/officials is at least PhP50,000,000.”
Proper investigation of the BJMP officials should be conducted, she said, saying the nature and the manner of the crime allegedly committed by the said officials “would warrant the preventive suspension of the afore-mentioned BJMP officers/officials.” The move (suspension) “will prevent any cover-up, destruction of reports/documents and/or the harassment or silencing of well-meaning BJMP officers and employees who are willing to join me in exposing the criminal acts of said BJMP officials,” she said.
She said that she knows the risk and danger of her life and that of her family in filing her complaint but her family is willing to cooperate with authorities for her and family’s security. (rvo)