Davao mayor, 5 others face graft raps over demolished park


Posted at May 05 2010 10:27 AM | Updated as of May 05 2010 06:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Jr. and five other Davao officials are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for demolishing a park in Davao City two years ago.

In a 25-page resolution, Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro said there was ample evidence to show that Duterte and the 5 others violated Republic Act No.3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for demolishing a P2 million canal-cover project of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

Aside from Duterte, the other accused are city engineer Jose Gestuveo, Jr., former city administrator Wendel Avisado, drainage maintenance chief Yusop Jimlani, city lawyer Elmer Raño and former city legal officer Melchor Quitain.

Casimiro's office said it will ask the Sandiganbayan to issue arrest orders for Duterte and his co-accused.

For his part, Nograles said he wants the Sandiganbayan to issue the arrest orders after the May 10 elections. Nograles is running for mayor against Duterte’s daughter, Vice Mayor Sara Duterte.