Ex-Muntinlupa mayor, et al face trial over graft case

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2016 12:16 PM

MANILA - Former Muntinlupa City mayor Aldrin San Pedro and 11 others will have to stand trial for a graft charge over the alleged anomalous purchase of trolley bags in 2008. 

This, after the Sandiganbayan denied the motions for reconsideration filed by San Pedro and his co-respondents, and sustained its finding of probable cause to put them on trial.

San Pedro and former members of the Bids and Awards Committee and Technical Working Group are accused of graft after purchasing 40,000 pieces of trolley bags, worth P22 million without prior bidding. The trolley bags were supposed to be distributed to elementary students in various public schools in Muntinlupa City.

In a motion for reconsideration, San Pedro's camp argued the case should be dismissed due to the absence of probable cause. 

The motion added a public bidding before the purchase was conducted, and the budget for the bags was included in the 2008 executive budget augmentation.

But the Sandiganbayan junked the motion, stating that "there are no new matters raised by the accused."

San Pedro and other respondents are scheduled for arraignment on November 24.