Mayor’s graft conviction final, says SC


SAN PEDRO, Laguna—The Supreme Court denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by this town’s mayor, Calixto Cataquiz, over the high court’s earlier decision finding him guilty of graft.

In a one-page notice dated Dec. 5, 2012, the Supreme Court’s Third Division said the issues raised by Cataquiz have been considered and “no substantial argument had been adduced to warrant its (the decision’s) reconsideration.”

This meant, as explained by Cataquiz himself in a phone interview on Thursday, that the high court upheld its decision on Sept. 14, 2011, which imposed on Cataquiz, a former general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the penalties of “disqualification from reemployment in the government service and forfeiture of retirement benefits.”

The conviction stemmed from complaints filed by the Concerned Employees of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (Cellda), which also petitioned for Cataquiz’s ouster from the lake agency.

Cellda said Cataquiz disbursed P500,000 in LLDA funds, appropriated funds as gifts for residents of his town, solicited funds to promote a film entry to the 2002 Metro Manila Film Festival and illegally entered into transactions with fish pen operators, when he was the general manager from 2001 to 2003.

“I am already 65 (years old, the mandatory retirement age in the government service) anyway. I’ve already proven myself to San Pedro,” Cataquiz said. He said he has not yet received an official copy of the decision.

A source had furnished the Philippine Daily Inquirer a copy of the Supreme Court decision.

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  • drew_casta

    500,000 is such a measly amount compared to millions of pesos given to senators as gifts by the Senate President as if he owns the people’s money. Graft in this case was committed legally, I guess. Indeed, what is legal does not necessarily mean it is moral. What is moral – is something you won’t find in JPE and with most of our politicians.

    • Lateralus

      how can you commit graft “legally?” hahaha

      • drew_casta

        If you look up Article VI, Sec. 25, par. 5 of the Constitution, you will note that the Senate President, among others, may be authorized, as had been authorized by law, to augment any item in the general appropriations law for the Senate from savings in other items of its appropriation. Graft, a form of political corruption on  the other hand, is the unscrupulous use of a politician’s authority for personal gain. The maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) was given legally because it came from the savings of the Senate and the Senate President used it to augment an item (MOOE is one such item) in the general appropriations law for the senators. However, it is undeniable that the MOOE was used by JPE to perpetuate his hold of the Senate Presidency. He used his political authority for his own survival. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Thus, an act in conformity with the Constitution is legal. But still, since it was used to further JPE’s political stature, it is graft as per definition.

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  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    hoy mayor Calixto Cataquiz, sa Bilibid ka  nag mag spend ng retirement years mo..!!!!

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