Samar lawmaker convicted of graft for P16.1-million emergency supplies anomaly

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2019 04:06 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2019 06:54 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - A Samar lawmaker was found guilty of graft for the anomalous purchase of P16.1 million in emergency supplies without public bidding when she was governor in 2001.

The Sandiganbayan 4th Division sentenced Samar 2nd District Rep. Milagrosa Tan to imprisonment for 8 counts of graft. Her sentence was withheld. 

Aside from Tan, the court also found her co-accused Rolando Montejo and Reynaldo Yabut guilty beyond reasonable doubt in all the cases.

Acquitted, meanwhile, were her other co-accused, Romeo Reales, Maximo Sison, Aurelio Bardaje Jr. and Numeriano Legaspi.

Tan, who is seeking a return to the Samar capitol in the 2019 elections, was also sentenced to perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

Her family has long been in politics, with her daughter, incumbent Gov. Sharee Ann Tan-de los Santos, seeking to take her place in the House of Representatives in the midterm polls. 

They had earlier switched places, with Tan-de los Santos elected as the youngest member of the House in 2007. Several other relatives are in government. 

Tan, Montejo, and Yabut paid P240,000 each, in addition to their P240,000 cash bond, for their continued provisional liberty as they appeal the court’s ruling.

Only the dispositive portion of the decision written by Associate Justice Bayani Jacinto, with the concurrence of Division Chairperson Alex Quiroz and Bernelito Fernandez, was read during the promulgation. 

The full ruling has yet to be released.