Eisma says she’s representing SBMA interest at TECO
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairperson and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma shrugged off Monday the graft complaint filed against her by a lawyer before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In an interview by DZRH radio station, Eisma confirmed that she is part of the Board of Directors of TECO (Philippines) 3C & Appliances, Inc., a locator inside the Subic Bay Freeport.
But she clarified that an SBMA company is a part owner of TECO under a joint venture, and she is just representing the agency at the board.
“Wala po akong ginagawang mali. Ang ginagawa ko nire-represent ko lamang ang interes ng SBMA sa kompanyang ito,” she said.
She recalled that some of her predecessors also became members of the board of the said company.
Eisma said she also did not declare in her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth any share in TECO because it is owned by SBMA and not hers.
Lawyer Raymund Palad filed a complaint against Eisma before the Ombudsman for allegedly violating the
the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for her failure to divest her shares in TECO and for being a member of the board of the said company.
Eisma said she did not know Palad who filed the complaint against her.
However, she said there could be people who were mad at her because of the reforms she has been implementing inside the Freeport.
“Ang katotohanan, marami akong nasasagasaan na interes sa SBMA,” she said, citing that her office has intensified its effort to collect fees to delinquent locators.
She said SBMA even filed charges against some of them.
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