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Dick Gordon’s brod cleared of graft raps

Sep 4, 2015 @ 1:10

Former Olongapo City mayor James Gordon, Jr. escaped a possible jail term after being cleared by the Ombudsman of graft and malversation complaint filed by incumbent mayor Rolen Paulino.

Gordon, brother of former senator Dick Gordon, was indicted for the alleged illegal sale of a P610-million power facility owned by the city government to Olongapo Electric Distribution Corp. during his term, according to a Philippine Star report.

The Ombudsman also cleared former city budget chief Marey Beth Marzan, assessor Oscar Agustin and legal officer Bernardine Gantan.

Paulino claimed the sale of the property brought frequent power outage to the city.

The anti-graft agency, however, ruled that the sale was advantageous to the city government.

It noted that the city government even earned from the transaction because it got a total of P623.6 million due the interests the money accrued after it was deposited in an escrow account.

Gordon said the decision vindicated his administration’s move to privatize the public utility department property.

Gordon fielded his wife Ann Marie in 2013 elections against Paulino, the then incumbent vice mayor, for the mayoralty seat.

Ann Marie, along with Gordon’s nephew Bugsy Gordon-Delos Reyes, lost to Paulino.

Gordon himself lost in the Zambales 1st District congressional race.

And Brian Gordon, Dick’s son, lost in his bid as city vice-mayor.

The Gordon family has held the mayoral position in Olongapo City for 31 years, starting from 1980 to 1986, and then from 1988 up to 2013. #

 

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