For­mer town mayor faces fal­si­fi­ca­tion case

Manila Times - - Regions - REINA C. TOLENTINO

THE Of­fice of the Om­buds­man has filed a fal­si­fi­ca­tion case be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan against for­mer Laba­son (Zam­boanga del Norte) mayor Wil­fredo Balais.

The Om­buds­man filed the case on Novem­ber 27, which was des­ig­nated to the Sandi­gan­bayan’s Fifth Di­vi­sion.

The Om­buds­man al­leged in the charge sheet that “in Jan­uary 2011, or some­time prior or sub­se­quent thereto,” Balais “did then and there will­fully, un­law­fully and felo­niously fal­sify or caused to be fal­si­fied the No­tice of Award dated 20 Jan­uary 2011... by mak­ing it ap­pear therein that the bid of Oro Cars Dis­play Cen­ter in the amount of P960,000.00 was ac­cepted, thereby mak­ing it ap­pear that it had par­tic­i­pated in the said bid­ding...”

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the No­tice of Award per­tained to the pro­cure­ment of a Nis­san Pa­trol.

The Om­buds­man al­leged that Balais “fully well knew that Oro Cars Dis­play Cen­ter did not so par­tic­i­pate in the afore-men­tioned bid­ding...”

The Om­buds­man rec­om­mended P24,000 bail for Balais’ pro­vi­sional lib­erty.

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