Iloilo mayor faces graft raps for approving wife's business permits

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2017 04:51 PM

MANILA - Batad, Iloilo Mayor Pedro Alarcon is set to face graft charges for repeatedly approving his wife's ice plant business permits.

In its resolution, the Office of the Ombudsman has recommended filing charges of four counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for approving the business permits of his wife, Elvira Alarcon.

The Ombudsman said Mayor Alarcon approved the business permits of Batad Ice Plant, which is owned by his wife, issued on February and March 2011, February 2012, and February 2013. 

The Ombudsman noted that under Section 3(h) of R.A. No. 3019, a public official shall not directly or indirectly have financial or pecuniary interest in any business, contract or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity, or in which he is prohibited by the Constitution or by any law from having any interest.