Sandigan convicts ex-Isabela guv on ‘malversation, graft’

first_img“Isangtaon na minarkahan ang mga ebidensiya, mga kontrata at resibo ng mga farmers, na sa kanilatalaga napunta ang pera. Hindi ako pumasok ng MOA ng walang authority ngSangguniang Panlalawigan. Binigyan nilaako ng authority na pumasok ngMOA, at notarized ito,” she added, saying she was hopingfor a reversal of the conviction and is prepared for a long legal battle ahead. The Sandiganbayan has set Padaca’sbail to P140,000 – double the amount of the P70,000 bail she earlier posted for her temporary liberty. Padaca said she was stunned with theSandiganbayan’s verdict as she maintained that she did not steal fromgovernment coffers. In a verdict on Friday, the anti-graftcourt found Padaca guilty of malversation of public funds and graft. She wassentenced to 12 to 14 years of jail time for her malversation conviction, ontop of six to 10 years prison time for graft. “Lahatng iyon (P25 million), napunta sa farmers. Alamnatin kung gaano sila naghihirap, umuutang sila sa mga traders atfinanciers. Hindi iyon napunta sa akin,” Padacasaid. Manila – The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Isabela Gov. GracePadaca for allegedly granting P25 million to a private entity for theprovince’s rice program. Former Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca was found guilty of malversation of public funds and graft by the Sandiganbayan on Friday. She was sentenced to 12 to 14 years of jail time for malversation, on top of six to 10 years prison time for graft. ABS-CBN NEWS The anti-graft court also ordered herto pay the Isabela government P18 million in fine for granting the P25-millioncontract to Economic Development for Western Isabela and Northern LuzonFoundation, Inc. (EDWINLFI) for the implementation of Isabela’s rice program,even if the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the two parties was notapproved by the Provincial Board. Padaca, who also served as Commissionon Elections commissioner before, was a recipient of the 2008 Ramon MagsaysayAward for Good Governance and is one of the founders of Kaya Natin, a movementfor good governance./PNlast_img

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