NO, not winnable.
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NO, not winnable.
Cebuano pride. . .kaso ang problema kung kadaug bah. . .
CEBU CITY (Updated with corrections) -- Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, former Provincial Board member Juan Bolo and six others were charged on Thursday with graft and technical malversation before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged irregular purchase of the P98.9-million Balili lot in Tinaan, City of Naga, Cebu in 2008.
Garcia was charged with two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation, while Bolo and the six others were charged with one count of graft. Each of the case filed recommended bail at P30,000.
The other names on the charge sheet are former Cebu Provincial assessor and former Cebu Provincial Appraisal Committee (CPAC) head Anthony Sususco and former CPAC members Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre, Provincial Engineer Eulogio Pelayre and former provincial budget officer Emme Gingoyon; Amparo Balili, the widow of Engr. Luis Balili, the lot owner; and lawyer Romeo Balili.
The filing of information came a day before Governor Garcia delivers her last state of the province address (Sopa) and her recent pronouncement of her candidacy for the Senate under the United Nacionalist Alliance (UNA).
Garcia, who was in Manila to attend a meeting with UNA, told reporters that such was “not a totally innocent move and it brings the suspicion of a political harassment.”
The case stemmed from the purchase of the 25-hectare Balili estate. It was found out that a “large portion” of the 11 parcels of land was submerged.
“A large portion of the said parcels of land or about 196,696 square meters are submerged in seawater, hence cannot be used for the purposes of which they were acquired,” the case forwarded to the anti-graft court said.
According to the Ombudsman case, “there are sufficient grounds to engender a well-founded belief that the crime charged has been committed; and that the accused are probably guilty thereof.”
In an interview with Rappler.com, Garcia said, “It really is a rather surprising turn of events. It would not seem to look as though this is totally an innocent move. Alam naman natin we are now right in the middle of what is beginning to be a political season. These kinds of moves certainly bring up suspicion of political harassment.”
In a separate interview, Capitol spokesperson Rory Jon Sepulveda told Sun.Star Cebu that they have not received any copy of the case.
Sepulveda said he only learned about it after receiving calls from reporters.
Meanwhile, Representative Tomas Osmeña, in a separate interview, said somebody could be sitting on the case as the Ombudsman’s final evaluation report recommending the filing of criminal case against Capitol officials is only implemented now when the recommendation was made and submitted in 2010 yet.
In an interview over ABS-CBN Cebu, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol said he is uncertain if the respondents will be placed under suspension.
Apostol said he cannot speak for the Ombudsman’s position as to why the case was only filed recently. He said the case is complicated.
Crisologo Saavedra, a businessman in Cebu, had filed the complaint before the ombudsman.
Apostol denied that Malacañang is using the office to harass politicians not allied with the administration.
“The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent office,” he said.
Garcia and her co-respondents will be scheduled for arraignment in the anti-graft court.
The respondents can file a motion for reconsideration to the ombudsman, said Apostol.
After the determination of probable cause by the court, an arrest warrant will be issued against the respondents.
Bolo has moved his address in Dipolog City in Mindanao after he retired in 2010.
Sun.Star tried to call Salubre, but calls went unanswered.
Capitol bought the Balili property in 2008 from the late engineer Luis Balili.
Initially, the lot was intended to be used for various projects, including goat dispersal, sweet potato farming, and the training of technicians, veterinarians and other personnel.
But in September 2010, the governor announced that Capitol would pursue development on the property “in an advanced and environmentally safe manner.”
She has a list of projects that will develop the Balili property into a reclaimed land, a pier, a waste-to-energy facility for a number of towns, and an eco-park.
The respondents were charged with violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for “entering into contract grossly disadvantageous to the government.”
The respondents were also charged with technical malversation for violating the Revised Penal Code.
According to the 31-page final evaluation report of the Ombudsman, the Capitol paid P78.6 million out of P99.8 million for submerged lands.
Meanwhile, Garcia will deliver her last Sopa at 3 p.m. Friday at the Cebu International Convention Center where her expected guests include UNA chairman and Vice President Jejomar Binay and former president Joseph Estrada. (FMG/GMD/with PDF and Kathrina Alvarez of Sunnex)
In this story, which appeared in page 1 of Sun.Star Cebu’s July 20, 2012 issue and was published online, Sun.Star would like to correct that only Governor Gwen Garcia was charged with two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation. Former Provincial Board member Juan Bolo and the six others were only charged with one count of graft.
Graft raps filed vs Cebu guv, 7 more | Sun.Star
pagka winnable nalang jud ni Gwen...ginagmayng kantidad di nmn gani masaligan...unsa na kaha sa dinagku.
The governor is on the cover of a local sports magazine with Fred Uytengsu.
if given a chance, why not?!!
.. and why give a chance?
Di siya ka daog kai guilty siya.
I think not .
again, the question now is guilty or not? she has to defend and prove her Balili case..She could be suspended anytime..sooner or later