“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./PN
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The suspects entered separate vehicles and drove away, Meadows said. One of the suspects, a 32-year-old San Bernardino man, was found by officers at a nearby gas station, he said. Elderly driver must pay $12.5M to family VENTURA – Jurors say an elderly driver who struck a Thousand Oaks bicyclist from behind in the bike lane, killing him, must pay $12.5 million to the family of the late dental surgeon. Eighty-two-year-old Norma Seigel learned a month before the accident that she had cataracts and she admitted responsibility in the death of Glenn Garvin. The 49-year-old dental surgeon, a longtime cyclist who headed bicycle safety for the city of Thousand Oaks, was riding in the bicycle lane with a friend a year ago when he was struck from behind. MONTEBELLO – A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing valuable antique jeans from a local store, officials said. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. at Demo, a clothing store located inside the Montebello Town Center, said Montebello police Sgt. Rich Meadows. A store employee had just inventoried a display of antique jeans worth more than $250 each when the worker spotted two suspects looking through them, Meadows said. Once they left, the employee re-counted the jeans and discovered two pairs were missing, said Meadows. Four shirts, valued at more than $150, were also missing, he added. The total loss to the store was estimated to be $1,000. After a weeklong wrongful death trial, the Ventura County Superior Court jury came up with the $12.5 million verdict for the dental surgeon’s widow Pamela Garvin and his two minor children. Glendale Galleria to pay $74M LOS ANGELES – Jurors decided the owner of the Glendale Galleria must pay $74 million to the developer of a competing complex for illegally trying to block the opening of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant. Rick Caruso, developer of the $264 million Americana at Brand residential and retail complex opening next to the Galleria in 2008, says Galleria owner General Growth Properties illegally tried to block the restaurant. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!