Former Surigao del Norte mayor charged with graft

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2017 01:11 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday indicted former Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte mayor Rosalinda Penera for graft in connection with the disbursement of P980,000 for the purchase of land for the Core Shelter Assistance Project of the municipality. 

Also included in the charge sheet are municipal officials Dianette Evangelista, Aurea Menil, Gilbert Dagcuta, and Lei Amor Laplana; and private individual Rodolfo Arlan. 

Based on the investigation of the Ombudsman, Penera and the other municipal officials approved and facilitated the purchase of a parcel of land from Arlan in 2010 for the project. 

However, documents showed that the purchase was made without authorization from the Sangguniang Bayan. 

"Public respondents manifested gross inexcusable negligence from the processing of the disbursement of funds as they should have known of the irregularities of the purchase transaction as per their functions. Despite this, they still pursued the transaction, thereby giving unwarranted benefits to Arlan," the Ombudsman said in its resolution.