Ombudsman files 3rd batch of cases vs Sajid Ampatuan

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2017 08:47 PM

MANILA- The Office of the Ombudsman has filed another batch of cases against former Maguindanao Governor Sajid Islam Ampatuan at the Sandiganbayan. 

Just like the two previous batches of cases filed against Ampatuan, the fresh set of cases against him involve a supposedly anomalous construction of a school building in the province.

The former governor, who is also among the accused Ampatuan clan members in the Magauindanao massacre, faces 1 count of graft, 1 count of malversation of public funds, and 73 counts of falsification of public documents. 

The Ombudsman said Ampatuan and other provincial government officials "willfully, unlawfully, criminally caused undue injury to the government in the aggregate amount of 38,129,117" for construction and lumber materials from Abo Lumberyard and Construction Supply. 

The Ombudsman said the purchases, made from January 2008 to September 2009, were "fictitious and non-existent". 

Also charged with Ampatuan were then-provincial officials John Estelito Dollosa, Kasan Macapandeg, Osmeña Bandila, Norie Unas, Datu Ali Abpi, Al Haj, Landap Guinaid.