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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong files charges for anomalous project

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong filed corruption complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City against six engineers, an officer from Baguio City District Engineering Office (BCDEO), and one private contractor for their alleged anomalous transaction in a government-funded project.

The Politiko confirmed that the Ombudsman office received the affidavit of complaint on Tuesday, July 5, regarding the P10.4-million off-carriageway improvement project of a tertiary road along A. Bonifacio Road.

In his complaint, Mayor Magalong alleged that the the contractor allegedly failed to remedy defects and comply with the BCDEO Project Engineers and construction inspectors’s recommendations.

The DPWH-BCDEO listed five defects: insufficient concrete paving blocks on directional and warning tactile in all PWD ramps per the approved plan; cement floor finish tenting ‘kapak’ or hallow sound heard when tile adhesive and cement were poorly applied; unfinished driveway concreting and porac sand was not used on floor finish; transverse cracks at cement floor finish lacking cement mortar; and, spoiled concrete on the cement floor finish.

The contractors also breached the contract after failing to finish the project within 120 days.

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