Ex-PhilRice exec escapes jail over car loan scheme
MANILA, Philippines z— A former executive director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) escaped imprisonment by entering into a plea bargain agreement over a P15.8-million illegal car plan at the agency.
Ronilo Beronio, who was earlier charged with graft along with former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap in connection with the P15.8-million illegal car plan scheme, changed his plea to guilty to a lighter offense and was fined P15,000.
—Patricia Denise M. Chiu
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