Graft raps filed vs Angara

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2011 12:01 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2011 01:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Well-known urban planner and architect Felino Palafox Jr. has filed graft and corruption complaints against Senator Edgardo Angara and 4 others for allowing the creation of the economic and freeport zone in Aurora province in northeastern Philippines.

In a 5-page complaint filed before the Ombudsman, Palafox said Angara allowed the creation of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (Apeco) even if the area was prone to floods and landslides. Included in the complaint are 4 board directors of the freeport zone.

Palafox was the former architect of the area. He earlier claimed he was fired after informing Angara of the disaster risks there.

He also raised the issue of conflict of interest. Angara’s relatives are supposedly members of the Apeco board. – with reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM