MANILA - Three former Caramoan town officials are facing trial at the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman indicted them for allegedly faking two municipal council resolutions rejecting the creation of a pro-environment task force.
Former Caramoan Mayor Constantino Huit Cordial, Vice Mayor Irene Breis and Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Danilo Belleza are facing two counts of falsification of public documents for allegedly crafting town council resolutions getting rid of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan in Caramoan, a prime beach destination in Camarines Sur.
The Ombudsman alleged that on March 24, 2014, Cordial, Breis and Belleza conspired with one another to fake two council resolutions -one addressed to then President Benigno Aquino III and another to then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas - “earnestly requesting” them to immediately remove the task force.
The officials allegedly made it appear that the resolutions were unanimously approved by all councilors of the Sangguniang Bayan, including then Councilors Eduardo Bonita, Lydia Obias and Francis Benemerito.
The Office of the Ombudsman alleged that the falsified resolutions were to the “damage and prejudice of public interest.”
Bonita and Obias, as well as two other individuals, testified against the three former officials.
The Office of the Ombudsman recommended a P48,000 bail bond for each of the respondents.