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Biñan Mayor Naguiat face complaint over P98.3M overpriced land purchase

Apr 13, 2016 @ 7:20

A complaint has been filed against Biñan, Laguna Mayor Marlyn Belizario Alonte-Naguiat and her fellow local officials over the alleged overpriced purchase of land worth P98.396 million intended to be used for the expansion of the city’s cemetery.

In a statement posted on its website, the Office of the Ombudsman said that a complaint-affidavit was filed against Naguiat, Vice Mayor Walfredo Dimaguila Jr., City Accountant Virgilio Dimaranan, and City Treasurer Angelito Alon-alon.

The complaint was filed by Adelaida Yatco who asked the Ombudsman to file cases of plunder, graft and violations of Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) against the local officials.

She also asked the Ombudsman to place the four respondents under preventive suspension while investigation is going on to ensure that public records of the transaction will not be tampered with and potential witnesses can freely give their statements without being intimidated.

Yatco accused the four public officials of collusion to defraud the government and the people of Biñan by jacking up the cost of the 29,817 square meter property purchased on June 18, 2009 from its previous owners Emmanuel and Alita F. Capinpin.

The property was being eyed to expand the congested Biñan Municipal Cemetery which can no longer accommodate more graves.

However, Yatco claimed that the property was overpriced by P76,927,860 since it was found to have a market value of P21,468,240 based on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Form No. 1954 dated October 14, 2009.

Also, the purchased property used to be part of a larger estate measuring 41,864 square meters when it was co-owned by the Capinpins and Fe Alonte, the mother of the mayor. Yatco added that there is also reliable information that the Capinpins are also related to the mayor.

Because of this, Yatco pointed out the respondent mayor had an evident financial interest in the transaction.

Yatco also questioned the haste of the transaction since the Deed of Sale was executed after just one week the Sangguniang Bayan issued resolution dated June 11, 2009 which authorized Dimaguila as acting mayor to proceed with the purchase.

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