Former Misamis governor found guilty of graft

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MANILA, Philippines–Former Misamis Oriental governor Antonio Calingin has been convicted of graft by the Sandiganbayan for using the province’s resources and manpower in a project undertaken outside the province by a private company owned by his family in 2003.

In its decision dated March 4, the antigraft court’s 2nd Division found Calingin guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and handed down an indeterminate sentence of six years and one month to 10 years imprisonment, and perpetual disqualification from public office.

Calingin was accused of giving unwarranted benefit to the family-owned Grain Resources Development Corp. by allowing the use of the heavy equipment and manpower of the provincial government for the repair, construction and rehabilitation of a three-kilometer road in San Miguel, Talakag, Bukidnon. The road led to a farm being managed and developed by the family corporation.

The Ombudsman, who filed the case with the antigraft court, said the project was beyond the territorial jurisdiction of Misamis Oriental and was undertaken to the damage and prejudice of the provincial government.

The Sandiganbayan agreed with the Ombudsman that all three elements of the applicable section of the antigraft law were present: the accused was a public officer discharging administrative, judicial or official functions; he acted with manifest partiality and evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence; and his action caused undue injury to any party, including the government.

It cited the testimonies of prosecution witnesses, among them Rodrigo Bagares, the heavy equipment operator in the provincial engineer’s office who testified that he brought out and operated the heavy equipment that was used for the road in Bukidnon.

The office of the provincial treasurer said it had no record of any payment for the use of the equipment.

In 2003, the Office of the President found Calingin guilty of dishonesty, gross negligence and grave abuse misconduct and suspended him for six months without pay.

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  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    sabah pa rin ang issue!!! sinusubukan nyo tabunan? news black out?

    • PinasK0ngMahal

      on the contrary, Philippines is not all about Sabah. I for one believes that this Sabah stand-off is Misuari’s idea. The more Sabah is put in the limelight, the more Misuari gets what he wants. So, i don’t care kung maubos na ang lahi ng mga Tausog.

      • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

        so?

      • RHumabon

        The senseless deaths must be blamed to no one but Nur Misuari. 

      • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

        like noy2. lets blame it on gma.

  • 123pinoy_ako

    pag convicted na ba ng Sandiganbayan automatic deretso na sa kulungan or pupunta pa eto sa supreme court pag nag apela? tagal na pala nito 2003 pa ngayon lang natapos. madami pa siguro nakuha nito sa govt. lol.

  • PinasK0ngMahal

    he can’t hold public office anymore, eh ba’t si erap pwd pa rin tumakbo?

  • palakasantayo

    Hey… sandiganbayan showing some teeth and balls huh?  Good,,, Is this guy Calingin the first big politician going to jail?  To those grafters be ready, the “daang matuwid” is directly heading your way. Let’s celebrate to this….

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    joke pa rin to. dami pa ring NPA na may loose firearms na hindi hinuhuli ng pulis.

  • rouelcalzita

    Good job Ombudsman…But why has to take 10 years to convict for graft charge?
    If the accused has no sufficient to meet a need of the trial, it takes only 2 years to convict.

  • kismaytami

    Eh kung tumulad siya kay lacson, ka-dilaw ng palasyo, e di abswelto sana siya, with finality.

  • UrHONOR

    ANOTHER colorful feather to the Sandiganbayan’s cap!  Keep on rollling, Sandigan and flush out those MMMs out of their lairs. 

  • Horst Manure

    Next please…

  • bogli_anakdami

    hay naku, heto na naman ang mga flip gung gongs…

    wala namang mangyayari jan sa kaso…

    mga flips eh gun gongs na, tinatanga pa ninyo ng husto…

  • rickysgreyes

    They have to be physically sent to jail first before we can make a dent on corruption.

  • waybookog

    bakit ito osamis oriental governor, convicted! perpetual disqualification from public office..si erap convicted din,,,pardoned by pesteng GMA, ngayon running for mayor in manila…naibalik ang civil rights ni erap sabi ng korte!!! pesteng yawa!!! maglipana ang peste pagnanalo mayor si erap..

  • Yanong_OFW

    ngayon pa nahusgahan? hay naku malapit ng mamatay si Calingin tapos ngayon pa lumabas ang hatol..singlaki siguro ng Sabah ang baul ng mga kasong nakatambak sa Sandigan ng Bayan..

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