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2 ex-governors, 6 others sued in Sandiganbayan
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:30:23 AM »
Acting Ombudsman Orlando C. Casimiro ordered the filing of criminal charges against two former governors and six others before the Sandiganbayan.

          Ordered charged before the Sandiganbayan for two counts each for violation of Sec.3 (e) and (g) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-graft and Corrupt and Practices Act) is former governor Tomas N. Joson III while Amelia A. Gamilla, incumbent mayor of Bongabon town and Eduardo Basilio M. Joson, former municipal mayor of Quezon, both of Nueva Ecija provincial government, were both charged for violation of Sec.3 (e) and (g) of RA 3019.

          The case stemmed from the criminal complaint filed by Dr. Raymund G. Sarmiento, head/ officer-in-charge of the Public Affairs Monitoring Office (PAMO) of the province which alleged that on January 22, 2007, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution to donate heavy equipment to the local governments of Quezon, San Leonardo, Bongabon, Guimba, Talugtug and other municipalities.

          In direct contravention of the Board Resolution, aside from heavy equipment units, two luxury vehicles were included in the donation to Bongabon town, while the provincial mobile clinic, a Toyota Revo, a Ford F150 and a Nissan Urvan were donated to the municipality of Quezon whose local chief executives are alleged to be “allies” of Joson.

          In its Resolution, the anti-graft office stated that, “It is undisputed that the above-donations made by respondent Joson III constitutes the act of giving said municipalities unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference in the discharge of his function to the prejudice of the provincial government of Nueva Ecija.”

          In a separate case, Acting Ombudsman Casimiro ordered the filing of Informations for Falsification of Public Documents (Art. 171 of the Revised Penal Code) and Sec. 3(e) of RA 3019 against former Camarines Norte Governor Jesus Typoco, Jr.; Provincial Health Officer Arnulfo Salagoste; OIC, General Services Office, Noel Reyes; Buyer II, General Services Office, Aida Pandeagua; and Angelina Cabrera, Owner-Representative of Cabrera’s Drugstore and Medical supply in Daet, Camarines Norte.

          The case stemmed from the ghost and overpriced purchase of medicines made by the provincial government of Camarines Norte using public funds amounting to more than P1.6M.

          Records revealed that on April 21, 2005, a Purchase Order (PO) for the

purchase of said medicines was placed in favor of Cabrera’s drugstore and Medical Supply even before the opening of bids conducted one month later, on May 18, 2005. A Notice of Award was issued in favor of Cabrera’s Drugstore on May 20, 2005.
          The 22-page Resolution stated that “Clearly from the foregoing circumstances the complainant established the fact that unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference had been extended to Cabrera’s Drugstore and Medical Supply.”

          It said the Provincial Government of Camarines Norte at the onset of the

transaction had already made Cabrera’s Drugstore and Medical Supply as the preferred supplier and the respondent public officials were acting in accordance with such preference.

          Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed the criminal complaints for Violation of Art 171 of the RPC in relation to Sec. 8 of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) and

Sec. 8 in relation to Sec. 9 of RA 3019 and for institution of forfeiture proceedings in accordance with RA 1379 against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr.

           A complaint was filed against Binay for allegedly amassing unexplained wealth.

           In its Joint Resolution, Acting Ombudsman Casimiro said the Office did not find probable cause to indict Binay for the said offenses.

          He said “The increase in income appears steady and unremarkable except in 2004 and 2006 which rise is largely attributable to the respondent’s cash items.”

          The Resolution explained that the rise in cash items largely came from campaign contributions when Binay ran for City Councilor and gifts he received when he got married including the union of his assets with his wife.

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