Antigraft court junks plea of 3 Palawan officials

Anti-graft court junks plea of 3 Palawan officials

/ 04:55 AM April 08, 2024

GRAFT CHARGES AGAINST BINAY / JULY 14, 2016 Former vice president Jejomar Binay Sr. was formally charge with malversation, graft, and falsification of public documents over the allegedly rigged procurement for the construction of the P2.28-billion Makati Parking Building II at the Sandiganbayan, Quezon City July 14, 2016. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA


The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the appeals of three of the 14 former Palawan officials who were charged for the alleged misuse of P1.5 billion in royalties from the Malampaya gas field.

The antigraft court’s Second Division dismissed the motions for reconsideration of resident provincial engineers Romeo Llacuna and Bernard Zambales and senior technical audit specialist Ronelo del Socorro, seeking to dismiss the charges against them.


The court pointed out that there was no “compelling ground” to reconsider its earlier resolution because it was “arrived at after a painstaking review of the facts and arguments presented before it.”


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“All things considered, there being no new or additional arguments or compelling reason raised by the accused-movants to warrant a reconsideration of the assailed resolution … the court is denying their motions …,” read the April 2 resolution.

It was penned by Associate Justice Arthur Malabaguio and concurred in by Associate Justices Edgardo Caldona and Oscar Herrera Jr., the division chairperson.

The case involves 75 counts of graft, 77 counts of falsification charges and seven counts of violating a presidential decree penalizing contractors violating a contract. One of the defendants died in 2017, but the court ruled this does not extinguish his co-accused’s liabilities. —DEMPSEY REYES

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