CCW files graft, usurpation complaint vs BCDA exec

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – – Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) has filed a graft and usurpation complaint at the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) against Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) executive. 

The complaint stemmed following the abolition of office, lack of appointment of BCDA executive vice president Aileen Anunciacion Roa Zosa. The complaint was filed last September 10.

In a complaint filed by CCW counsel Atty. Raymond Palad, Zosa has held the position and has performed the functions of an EVP “without any legal appointment and yet she continues to receive salaries, benefits and emoluments to the damage and prejudice of the government, the BCDA in particular.”

CCW said the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Vivencio Dizon has retained Zosa at the BCDA and made her head the agency’s bids body for projects at the New Clark City in Tarlac although the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) had approved the abolition of her office and position since 2015.

“The CCW and I are demanding answers from Mr. Vince Dizon, as Presidential adviser and BCDA president on why he continued to employ Ms. Zosa, made her head the Special Bids and Awards Committee and give her authority over three EVPs despite being contrary to law, ” Palad said.

“We demand compliance with the law. Mr. Dizon has to fire Zosa out of the BCDA,” he added.

CCW has estimated that at Salary Grade 30, Zosa has received P15 million in government money in forms of salaries and benefits from February 2016 to present.

The Office of the Executive Vice President and four divisions were abolished when the GCG approved the BCDA restructuring plan on February 22, 2015, a copy of GCG Memorandum Order No. 2015-07 showed.

Then BCDA president and chief executive office Arnel Paciano Casanova issued Office Order No. 003-2016 informing officers and staff of the abolition of offices, creation of three offices, and appointment of Joshua Bingcang as EVP for conversion and development, Nina Radoc as EVP for finance, and retired General Carlos Quita as EVP for corporate services. Zosa’s salary grade 30 is higher than what they get.

Soza’s appointment as EVP was last February 1, 2010 or before the restructuring plan, certified true copies of appointment papers released by the BCDA to Palad through the freedom of information order of President Duterte.

“She has no appointment paper as EVP issued after the restructuring plan of BCDA In February 2016,” Palad said.

The Civil Service Commission in the National Capital Region has confirmed the abolition of the EVP office and ordered an investigation of Zosa.

Zosa’s acts, according to CCW, amounted to “dishonesty, which should be meted the penalty of dismissal for service with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.”