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Ex-Nueva Vizcaya mayor Alfredo Castillo Jr. gets 10-year jail term

Feb 6, 2016 @ 15:20

Former Alfonso Castaneda, Nueva Vizcaya Mayor Alfredo Castillo Jr. has been sentenced to serve a jail sentence of at least 10 years after finding him guilty of graft and falsification of public documents in connection with the anomalous awarding of construction projects in 1999.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division issued the decision dated January 21, 2016 against Castillo who is also ordered perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

The court also convicted in the falsification of public documents case his co-accused, former councilor Andres Camania, to at least two years imprisonment.

“Based on the aforesaid evidence, it is undeniable that accused Castillo, as then chairpeson of the PBAC (Pre-Qualification Bids and Awards Committee) of the Municipality of Alfonso Castaneda, awarded the contracts for the construction of the gymnasium and the Lublub-Dibilit Road to Lotus Designs where he is a registered incorporator and stockholder,” ruled the court.

Because of this, the Third Division said that he violated provisions under Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act that prohibits any public official in having a direct financial or precuniary interest in a government project.

Also, the tribunal said that “documentary and testimonial evidence indubitably establish that no public biddings were actually conducted for the construction of the Lublub-Dibilit Road and the Gymnasium of the Municipality of Alfonso Castaneda.”

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