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NEWS: Court stops P90 M bond flotation of Compostela Valley LGU

Posted in nabunturan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte
nov 13

The Regional Trial Court Branch 3 has issued an injunction stopping the implementation of the P90-million bond flotation of the local government of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.
RTC Branch 3 Executive Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr in his decision, released Wednesday, in the Special Civil Case No. 898  praying for injunction with application for writ of preliminary injunction stated that his sala finds that the three complainants, who are town residents, “have sufficiently established the existence of grave damage and irreparable injury to justify, albeit provisionally the restraint of the act or acts complained of in this the bond flotation scheme.”
Temporarily enjoined not to make any act relating to bond flotation pending the decision of the case on the merits are Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and town councilors Darwin Tan, Eduardo Minosa, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Trinidad, Iluminida Cabuga, Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan representative Jennifer Gamao.
The officials have been wanting to raise P90 million by selling government bonds to the public to fund for the construction of a “mall-like” public market building to replace the old market building razed by a fire four years ago.
Complainants were Charlie Monforte, a journalist, Emilio delos Reyes, a president of a  parent-teachers association and opposing Councilor Alfonso Tabas Jr.
They charged in their complaint that the bond flotation enacted by Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 “is clearly oppressive and grossly disadvantageous which if not repealed will result to great wastage of taxpayers’ money, dissipate the coffers of the Local Government Unit and importantly displace hundreds of market vendors from the said facility resulting to loss of income. loss of jobs and grievous economic injuries to ordinary citizens of Nabunturan”.

The respondents filed a motion to dismiss last February citing lack of jurisdiction and lack of cause of action, but complainants filed opposition to it following hearings where regional officials and experts from Dept of Finance and Dept. of Budget and Management and Local Finance Committee officials were summoned to testify as resource persons.
Monforte and Delos Reyes were also complainants of a separate graft complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao last August.
In that complaint, the two charged that the same respondents have allegedly failed to conduct public bidding in the hiring of the bond flotation’s financial adviser-consultant Preferred Ventures Corporation, a Makati-based firm.
They claimed that even without the “legislative enactment, ordinance or resolution to hire a financial consultant and advisor for the municipality’s infrastructure project, Mayor Humol proceeded to enter into Memorandum of Agreement with Preferred Ventures” and “(it) became an automatic financial consultant/advisor without passing through the bidding procedure as required by law”.
For opposing the bond flotation, Councilors Raul Caballero, Editha Arangcon and Tabas were spared from the complaint.  (Al Rosero/Rural Urban News)


NEWS: Mayor, 8 others face Ombudsman suit over P90 M bond flotation project in Compostela Valley

Posted in Alfonso Tabas, bond flotation, Charlie "Cha" Monforte, Cheryl Asion, councilor raul caballero, Darwin Tan, editha arangcon, Eduardo Menoza, Emilio delos Reyes, Felipe Masambo, Iluminada Cabuga, Jennifer Gamao, Preferred Ventures Corporation, RTC Branch 3 Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin, Vivencia Secuya with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2009 by cha monforte

aug 24

The entire town officialdom except for three opposing councilors in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley were charged of graft case at the Office of Ombudsman for Mindanao by a journalist and community leader for pursuing the P90-million bond flotation intended to fund the construction of a new public market building.

Charlie “Cha” Monforte, correspondent of Philippine News Agency, Business Mirror and local dailies, and Emilio delos Reyes, a president of a local parents-teachers association, charged in their joint complaint affidavit filed Thursday at the Ombudsman that Nabunturan Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and his seven councilors favoring the project have allegedly committed gross violations to Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for failing to conduct public bidding in getting the services of the Preferred Ventures Corporation as the financial advisor/consultant of the bond flotation.

Respondent councilors of the case were Darwin Tan, Iluminada Cabuga, Eduardo Menoza, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Asion, indigenous peoples’ representative Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan representative Jennifer Gamao.

Monforte and Delos Reyes have earlier prayed a petition for preliminary injunction and restraining order at the Regional Trial Court-Branch 3 in Nabunturan in trying to stop the implementation of Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 approving the P90-million bond flotation scheme.

RTC Branch 3 Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr has yet to rule on their petition.

For opposing the local bond float since early last year, Councilors Raul Caballero, Alfonso Tabas and Editha Arangcon were spared from the complaint.

The complainants stated that under the project Preferred Ventures Corp. is guaranteed a consultancy fee of P2.37 million and its project engagement “is not limited to advisory and review services but also includes pre-investment, feasibility, design, construction supervision, management and related services and other technical services and special studies”.

They claimed that even without the “legislative enactment, ordinance or resolution to hire a financial consultant and advisor for the municipality’s infrastructure project, Mayor Humol proceeded to enter into Memorandum of Agreement with Preferred Ventures” and “(it) became an automatic financial consultant/advisor without passing through the bidding procedure as required by law”.

They charged that the MOA signed on February 14, 2008 “is illegal and void ad initio” and that despite this, Humol proceeded also to conduct a pre-bid conference last May 15 for the construction of the public market building.

They also claimed that the bond flotation option is “grossly disadvantageous to the government” as even found out in the comparative study made earlier by the town’s Local Finance Committee (LFC) which recommended for a direct bank borrowing than the local bond float as in the latter “there are undetermined expenses that will result in problems in the budgeting and accounting process later”.

The LFC also stated in its study that under a loan from government financial institution “the cost of borrowing will be properly stated and easily provided in the budget” aside from the fact that “easier terms can be negotiated with the depository bank”.

Moreover, the complainants stated that as found out by the LFC “the LGU of Nabunturan will already spend (P39.6 million) on interest payment alone” under the bond float scheme “compared to only a projected total interest payments for GFI borrowing at (P30.9 million) for the same period of time”.

The complainants also charged that based on the approved final feasibility study made by Preferred Ventures Corp the monthly stall rental for a 10-square meter space could shoot up to P10,500 rate, and at that  “unconscionable rate” lowly market vendors whose stalls were burned over three years ago could no longer afford and face the spectre of being displaced from their long source of livelihood.

With that rate and to make the project feasible, self-liquidating as well as income-generating instead “in sum, the proposed public market building supposedly funded through the much-ballyhooed ‘bond flotation’ would be anti-poor and anti-people,” the complainants stated in their complaint affidavit to the Ombudsman. (RUN)

Ganging up filibustering councilors

Posted in editha arangcon, jun tabas, mayor humol, raul caballero, romeo clarin with tags , , , , on August 16, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

The outrageous P90-million bond flotation in Nabunturan is starting to come into gears even if the town public has still largely no idea what a bond float is. On Tuesday the stamp pad majority councilors ganged up one of their own who refuses to buy the bond float project. Councilor Alfonso “Jun” Tabas Jr was trying to filibuster two new items relating the bond flotation pushed by Mayor Macario Humol. But tyranny in numbers of the majority councilors sealed the continuing anti-bond float protestations of the minority bloc which included also Councilors Raul Caballero and Editha Arangcon.

The P40 million borrowing, so unspecified, was the major item of the P42 million subjected to the second supplemental budget ordinance which was approved by the majority on that day. I guess the ordinance was right away signed by the mayor. But the same in our previous essays, they could not party yet. The ordinance which still needs to be confirmed by the provincial board will surely pass the scrutiny of the anti-bond float Boardmembers the known Three Mosquiteers or LBC- Dexter Lopoz, Neri Barte and Armando Codilla, and the latest entrant BM Dr. Ruben Flores, the ex-mayor who sensed three weeks ago during the Comval SP voting that the bond float is bad for the health of the town he once served for one term.

Now what is this P40 million borrowing that the mayor had certified as urgent and was approved in a rush by his stamp pad majority and Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin who ganged up and cut short a filibustering Tabas last Tuesday?

Because the P40 million has no specific source like the Land Bank of the Philippines and because a bond float-related resolution was also passed on that gloomy day which lifted the confidentiality of the LBP accounts of the municipal government for the Central Bank and Department of Finance to pry on it, my best guess is the P40 million borrowing is a standby credit that the munisipyo will borrow from the waiting cabal of sharks- so to speak- composed of the financial advisor, the Preferred Ventures Corp, the unknown underwriters, the unknown brokers (ahentes) and the unknown guarantors. Humol and Clarin et al are not shifting to bank borrowing from a bond float funding alternative as they are already drenched in the rain..

There we see that from the budget nomenclature alone, the bond flotation is a borrowing after all, plain and simple, contrary what the bond float pushers have been saying all along to Nabunturan public that it is not borrowing but fund sourcing from bond buyers and investors. These are the first-level buyers, whom I can see to be non-takers considering the economic crunch and the lack of understanding of the general public on what a bond float is in the first place.

We see it now this early that Humol and Clarin et al have already prepared the ground to borrow from the conspiring cabal, even as they have not floated the bonds yet for the first-level non-takers. This conspiring cabal is the second-level bond buyers or investors who would underwrite or buy the bonds in bulk after the first-level individual buyer fail as expected in a short month’s time.

As the conspiring cabal will expectedly be saving the faces of the bond float pushers for the zero or lack of individual bond buyers or investors, like what had happened even to the bond float for the internationally famed Boracay Island, expectedly, too, the cabal will be bringing the cards close on their chests, and these are the high interest rates (P19.8 million for the first and second repayment years alone).and the hidden charges and fees of the borrowing-underwriting besides that they could also cash in on from the expensive, exorbitant and unnecessary P2.7 million consultancy fees, yearly recurring underwriter, guarantee and trustee fees of P2.8 million, while a contractor could benefit of the P6.7 million for the architectural and engineering design (or sa drawing pa lang). I fear the P40 million just approved is intended for these, as the LGU’s debt service and borrowing capacity will first be probed by the Central Bank and the Dept. of Finance.

This is getting untolerable already. First they engaged in an ambitious project without conducting intensive information dissemination, then they chose the Preferred Ventures Corp as the financial advisor-consultant without the benefit of a bidding, next they the made a lutong macao public hearing, next they railroaded the public hearing opposition by enacting the bond float ordinance in a rush on the second and final reading, and now they are using their tyranny in numbers to scuttle whatever protestation of the minority bloc. “I voting na para mahuman na ni,” commanded VM Clarin to the stamp pad councilors who ganged up on the noisy Tabas.

But no sooner they could have their comeuppance. Once in Russia, the people have agreed to be treated like idiots, all for the sake of some sort of “Oily Mother Russia Orthodox Neo-Tsarist Neo-Sovok Glory.” I don’t know what that means, but it’s all about hailing a communist glory. But on the other hand it was the great US President Abraham Lincoln who said, “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)