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Kalinga board member suspended over P520K ‘padulas’

Nov 4, 2015 @ 8:54

A former mayor and now incumbent Kalinga provincial board member has been suspended for 90 days by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) over an extortion case filed against him and his wife last year.

Camilo Lammawin, Jr. was served with his suspension order right during the flag-raising ceremony at the capitol grounds in Tabuk City on November 2.

Lammawin was mayor of Tabuk City in 2002 when the alleged extortion took place.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed direct bribery charges against the couple on June 2014.

According to the Ombudsman, the Lammawins extorted P520,000 from Rodman Corporation, a contractor of the Tabuk Water Supply Project, in exchange for the release of payments due to the firm.

Susan Rodriguez, the company’s treasurer, testified that an amount of P100,000 and P300,000 were deposited to the couple’s personal bank accounts on July 10, 2002.

On October 21, 2002, another P120,000 was deposited to Lammawin’s personal bank account, after Salud demanded for the money to be used “for purchase of land,” and in exchange of the release of check payment to Rodman amounting to P1,732,260.

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