MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Governor and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Gwendolyn Garcia is facing charges of graft and technical malversation over the alleged anomalous purchase of a 25-hectare land in Tiga-an, Naga, Cebu for P98.9 million.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales filed two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation against Garcia on Thursday.
Six other Cebu officials were charged with one count of graft and one count of technical malversation.
They were identified as Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Juan Bolo, provincial treasurer Roy Salubre, provincial appraisal committee chairman and provincial assessor Anthony Sususco, provincial budget officer Emme Gingoyon, OIC provincial engineer Eulogio Pelayre, and two other private citizens.
Investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman showed that a large part of the property acquired by the provincial government is submerged in seawater.
The funds used to purchase the land was also allegedly diverted by Garcia from the Site Development and Housing Program without permission from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. -- Report from Robert Mano, dzMM