Yari ka! Ex-solon Villarosa found guilty of graft in illegal quarrying case
Former Occidental Mindoro Representative Jose Vilarosa has been found guilty by the Sandiganbayan First Division of nine counts of graft for having allowed quarrying operations in the town of San Jose sans permit from the provincial governor.
With this, the anti-graft court sentenced Villarosa to suffer imprisonment ranging from six to 10 years for each count of graft.
In its decision, the court stressed that the Local Government Code only permits the provincial governor to issue extraction permits.
Court records show that when Villarosa was still mayor of San Jose, permits were issued from 2010 to 2011 for the quarrying of sand and gravel in the town.
Villarosa even disobeyed a cease and desist order from Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Ruben Soledad who discovered that there was no permit from the provincial governor.
“Having already been expressly notified by the proper party, in this case the PENRO, that he had no right to issue the subject extraction permits, he not only stubbornly defied the same but also insistently refused to acknowledge the right of the provincial governor to issue such extraction permits,” ruled the court.
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