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Former Quezon town mayor guilty of graft

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The Sandiganbayan. FILE PHOTO

The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday convicted former Unisan, Quezon Mayor Cesar Alpay of graft in connection with the diversion of the P1-million social fund under the “Isang Bayan, Isang Produkto, Isang Milyon Program” of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from its intended use as cash loans to farmers on his last day in office in 2004.

In a 75-page decision, the antigraft court’s Fourth Division sentenced Alpay to a six- to 10-year jail term for releasing the money as a cash grant rather than as a loan intended “for micro and medium scale enterprises or for farmers.”

It said that Alpay approved the release of P877,310 from the P1 million social fund, P459,110 of which was used to purchase a hand tractor and another P418,200 to buy an engine for a motorized banca.

The court ruled that after a thorough evaluation of the evidence, it was morally convinced that the accused was “motivated by a dishonest purpose or ill-will partaking of fraud or some ulterior purpose.”

The verdict was penned by Fourth Division chair Associate Justice Gregory Ong, with Associate Justices Jose Hernandez and Ma. Cristina Cornejo concurring.

The court said the fund release effectively removed the condition of repayment as required under the loan program.

The ruling said the acts transpired on June 30, 2003, “the very last day of the term of office of accused Mayor Alpay who was obviously aware that another duly-elected mayor will be taking over the helm of his office on the day following …”

“This highlights the state of mind of the accused that is constitutive of malice or fraud,” it added.

Alpay served as mayor of Unisan from 2001 to 2004. He was succeeded by Nonato E. Puache who was mayor from 2004 to 2007. Alpay got reelected in 2007 before being replaced again by incumbent mayor Puache in 2010.

He was indicted two years ago for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.


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Tags: Graft and Corruption , Mayor Cesar Alpay , Quezon Province , Sandiganbayan , Unisan


  • anu12345

    P1M – 6 year jail term. Eh kung P1B, ilang taon? Siguro ilang years confinement lang sa expensive hospital.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    The COA must initiate a nationwide review of past transactions based on complaints, whether formal or non-formal. This is the only way to eliminate thieves in government. Give special attention to where there are well- entrenched dynasties.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dannmariz Danilo Navarro

    he he he talaga namang basta bata o sakop ng arroyo last 2 minutes gumagawa pa ng anomalya lakas talagang makahawa  itong si glueria

  • regd

    That’s what corrupt & stupid people do, they pierce the balloon and expect the glue to do it’s part.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Slowly but surely
    isa isa ng nalalagas.



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