Ex-Mountain Province mayor gets 16 years for graft

A former mayor of Barlig town in Mountain Province has been sentenced to up to 16 years in prison over anomalous infrastructure projects.

In a 36-page decision promulgated on February 26, the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division found Magdalena Lupoyon and former municipal treasurer Albert Marafo guilty of two counts of violating Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Former Barlig vice mayor Edmundo Sidchayao, former municipal councilors Clark Ngaya and Fernando Cablog and former municipal engineer Danilo Lucas were found guilty of one count of the same offense.

The cases stemmed from the construction of a gymnasium worth 2.5 million pesos and repair of a pathway leading to Mt. Amuyao amounting to 50,000 pesos.

The Office of the Ombudsman, which filed the cases in 2016, said both projects were undertaken without public bidding in violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act.

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