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Ex-Rizal gov Ynares probe on his alleged links to fertilizer fund scam reopened

Apr 15, 2019 @ 20:36

Former Rizal governor Casimiro Ynares Jr. has appealed insisting that the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division order the Office of the Ombudsman to reinvestigate the graft charges against him concerning his involvement in the fertilizer fund scam.

Ynares made the appeal after the anti-graft court turned down his motion seeking for the Ombudsman to conduct a reinvestigation.

In his motion for reconsideration, Ynares who is facing two counts of graft wanted “to allow the reinvestigation of the above-captioned case by referring the newly-discovered evidence to the Office of the Ombudsman.”

Ynares cited as new evidence the Court of Appeals (CA) 2016 decision which declared that nothing illegal was found over the 2004 purchase of fertilizers which is the subject of charges filed by the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan.

“If these evidence and admissions were submitted during the preliminary investigation and considered in the resolutions of finding probable cause, in all probability, the Office of the Ombudsman could have ruled that there was no probable cause to indict the accused,” Ynares said.

The graft case he is facing before the Sandiganbayan concern the 2004 and 2005 purchase of fertilizers from Feshan Philippines.

The Ombudsman which filed the charges alleged that the purchases did not undergo public bidding and that the fertilizers were overpriced.

However, Ynares said the CA ruling justified the purchase since only Feshan Philippines met the requirements mentioned in the purchase request of the local government.

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