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Hagedorn claims plunder raps over e-vehicles purchase a sham but can’t explain lack of receipts

Jul 30, 2015 @ 11:58

Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn has dismissed the plunder charges against him in connection with the P10-million purchase of 33 electric vehicles as lies peddled by an aspiring politiko who lost to him in the 2010 elections.

In an interview with Winnie Monsod for the GMA News TV show “Bawal ang Pasaway,” Hagedorn said the purchase of the vehicles were all accounted for.

Asked where the e-cars are, the former mayor told Monsod: “Baka makapunta kayo sa City Hall andun lahat naka-istambay lahat sobra –sobra yan.”

According to the complaint filed by retired police general Eduardo Matillano, who ran against Hagedorn for mayor but lost in 2007, the city government under Hagedorn obtained a P10-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines in December 2009 for the purchase of e-vehicles as a way of promoting renewable energy.

Upon scrutiny by the Commission on Audit, however, it was found that “no transaction covering the acquisition of vehicles was recorded in the books as of Dec. 31, 2011,” the complaint read.

Though Hagedorn took pride in being one of the very first cities to use e-vehicles, he failed to give a straightforward reply when asked why COA failed to find a record of its purchase in the city hall.

“Ang nag-file sa akin ng plunder ay finilan namin ng perjury kasi lahat ng ginamit nila doon na ebidensiya kasi puro kasinungalingan and we have the evidence. Eto nga lang pinapa-subpoena sila to explain their side,” he said.

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