Ex-Oriental Mindoro guv found guilty of graft

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Monday, February 24, 2014

FORMER Oriental Mindoro Governor Rodolfo Valencia and businessman Edelbert Uyboco will spend up to 10 years in jail and were ordered to return some P2.4 million to the government for the anomalous purchase of dump trucks in 1993.

In a 27-page decision, the Sandiganbayan said the Provincial Government paid P6.99 million to Uyboco's Gaikoku Trading Company despite the grant of tax exemption for the province.

The Court considered the tax exemption privilege and determined that the total acquisition cost of the trucks amounted to only P4,594,119.87, resulting in an overpayment of P2,400,166.15.

"(T)hese acts of accused Rodolfo Valencia constitute not only of fraud but also indicate a dishonest purpose or some moral obliquity, the conscious doing of a wrong, and a breach of sworn duty through some bad motive or intent or ill-will," the decision stated, adding that Valencia and Uyboco conspired to jack up the procurement cost.

Found guilty of graft, Valencia and Uyboco were each sentenced to imprisonment of six years and one month as minimum to 10 years as maximum. They were also ordered to return the excess payment made to Gaikoku.

Carlo Maramot, then officer-in-charge of the Provincial Government Services Office, was acquitted of the charges.

Valencia served as governor from 1992 to 2001. (Sunnex)

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