Ex-Iloilo Rep. Syjuco charged with graft at Sandi­gan­bayan

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News - By CZARINA NI­COLE O. ONG

For­mer Iloilo Rep. Au­gusto Lim­caco Syjuco Jr. has been charged with one count of graft be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan First Di­vi­sion for be­ing par­tial to a co­op­er­a­tive even though it was not an ac­cred­ited part­ner of the gov­ern­ment.

Graft In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Pros­e­cu­tion Of­fi­cer Rachel T. Cariaga-Fav­ila wrote in the charge sheet that Syjuco vi­o­lated Sec­tion 3(e) of R.A. 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act when he gave un­war­ranted ben­e­fits to the Tawo Kag Duta sa Kauswa­gan Co­op­er­a­tive back in May 12, 2004.

A Sang­gu­ni­ang bayan res­o­lu­tion was passed that day au­tho­riz­ing the late Bernardo Am­but, then the mayor of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Alimodian, to en­ter into an agree­ment with the co­op­er­a­tive to im­ple­ment the 15-mil­lion fund al­lot­ted for the pur­chase of farm in­puts and farm im­ple­ments un­der the Gin­in­tuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Pro­gram of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA).

A mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment was then ex­e­cuted, des­ig­nat­ing the co­op­er­a­tive as the im­ple­ment­ing non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion for the pro­gram of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

How­ever, Cariaga-Fav­ila wrote in the charge sheet that this move was “sub­stan­tially de­vi­at­ing from the April 30, 2004 MOA with DA, where the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Alimodian was des­ig­nated as the im­ple­ment­ing agency.”

The move was also done with­out the DA’s knowl­edge and con­sent, and with­out re­gard to the re­quire­ments enu­mer­ated by the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit on the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of a non-gov­ern­men­tal oga­ni­za­tion or peo­ple’s or­ga­ni­za­tions be­fore it can en­ter into a MOA with the gov­ern­ment, it said.

As a re­sult, Syjuco’s ac­tions al­lowed the co­op­er­a­tive to im­ple­ment the GMA pro­gram and dis­burse gov­ern­ment money with­out first pass­ing the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process, it said.

He was charged along­side for­mer vice mayor Ra­mon Anino, Sang­gu­ni­ang Bayan mem­bers Ire­neo Mon­dero, Em­manuel Adric­ula, Aquiles Ca­baluna Jr., Miguel Am­bong, Geefre Alon­s­abe, Job Al­ma­cen, Roy Al­monares, and Roberto Al­cu­dia.

The co­op­er­a­tive’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ti­mo­teo Salvilla, and mem­bers Edgardo Co­moda and Co­ra­zon Taladua were like­wise charged.

Their bail bond has been set at 130,000 each.

CANOPY BAN — A new fad among mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers is a plas­tic canopy as a pro­tec­tion from the sun and the rain. In Cebu City, coun­cilor Pas­tor Al­cover Jr. has filed an or­di­nance to ban those mo­tor­cy­cle canopies for its de­sign which he said can cause road ac­ci­dents. Al­cover’s pro­posed or­di­nance is still sub­ject to be dis­cussed by mem­bers of the Cebu City Coun­cil. (Juan Carlo de Vela)

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