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Sajid Ampatuan denies wrongdoing after being slapped with 161 raps

Contracts passed through regular processes, claims former OIC-governor of Maguindanao
/ 01:54 PM May 01, 2017
Details of the 161 criminal charges filed vs Sajid Ampatuan over ghost projects in Maguindanao. (PHOTO BY VINCE NONATO / INQUIRER)

Details of the 161 criminal charges filed vs Sajid Ampatuan over ghost projects in Maguindanao. (PHOTO BY VINCE NONATO / INQUIRER)

MANILA — The camp of former Maguindanao officer-in-charge Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan has broadly denied the Ombudsman’s allegations that he failed to implement several projects in the province in 2009 and that he misused the funds earmarked for the materials.

“We claim that all those contracts or procurements passed through the regular processes of procurement, bidding and audit,” the Ampatuan camp said in a statement coursed through lawyer Gregorio Marquez.

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Ampatuan could not comment on the 161 criminal charges filed recently at the Sandiganbayan due to the sheer volume of the documents. But his camp described the indictment by state prosecutors as “mere allegations.”

“The complaints are mere allegations and … must be proven beyond reasonable doubt,” read the statement.

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As OIC-governor of Maguindanao, Ampatuan and several other provincial officials were accused of falsifying the statements of work accomplished (SWAs) for eight projects worth P23.36 million.

After the SWAs were approved, contracts for the supply of fuel purportedly for the projects were awarded to a gas station owned by his brother Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. allegedly without public bidding.

Ampatuan and his officials were also accused of misappropriating P72.26 million meant for the repair of school buildings by making out the disbursement vouchers to four lumber companies that allegedly turned out to be nonexistent.

Ampatuan was one of the prime suspects in the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre, where 58 persons including 32 media workers were killed in one of the worst election-related violence and press killings in history. He is out of detention on an P11.6-million bond because evidence against him was not strong enough to deny him the right to bail. He tried to run for mayor of the provincial capital of Shariff Aguak in May 2016, but lost.  SFM/rga

This photo taken on April 28, 2016 shows Shariff Aguak's mayoral candidate Sajid Ampatuan greeting supporters during a rally in Shariff Aguak town, Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Walking off stage after a rock star-like performance and rapturous crowd reaction, Sajid Ampatuan oozes confidence that he would be elected mayor of a southern Philippine town despite facing charges of mass murder. His father, former provincial governor Andal Ampatuan, allegedly ordered his sons and their armed followers to kill 58 people in November 2009 in an attempt to stop a rival's election challenge.  (AFP PHOTO / MARK NAVALES )

This photo taken on April 28, 2016 shows Shariff Aguak’s mayoral candidate Sajid Ampatuan greeting supporters during a rally in Shariff Aguak town, Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.  He lost in the elections.  (AFP PHOTO / MARK NAVALES )

Details of the 161 graft cases filed against Sajid Ampatuan over ghost projects in Maguindanao. (PHOTO BY VINCE NONATO / INQUIRER)

More details of the 161 graft cases filed against Sajid Ampatuan over ghost projects in Maguindanao. (PHOTO BY VINCE NONATO / INQUIRER)

READ:  Sajid Ampatuan charged 161 times for Maguindanao ghost projects

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