Ex-Quezon mayor convicted for falsifying documents for agricultural project
Former Unisan, Quezon mayor Cesar Alpay has been sentenced to prison over the falsification of agricultural funds in 2004.
Alpay has been found guilty by the Sandiganbayan of 19 counts of falsification of public documents.
With this, the anti-graft court slapped him with a prison term ranging from six months and one day up to six years and one day for each count.
Alpay was also meted with a P5,000 fine for each count.
The case stemmed from the irregularities discovered in the implementation of the “Isang Bayan, Isang Produkto, Isang Milyong Programa ni GMA.”
Under the charges, Alpay is accused of having falsified disbursement vouchers and other supporting documents to make it appear that 19 beneficiaries received funds totaling P285,230 representing payment for the acquisition of hand tractors and motor engines.
“All in all, and considering further the paper trail of the disbursement vouchers and its attached documents, it is clear that it was only the accused, using his position as mayor, who could have caused the falsified entries in the disbursement vouchers,” read the Sandiganbayan decision.
“With proof of the accused’s authorship of the falsified entries, for these cases, the prosecution has proven all elements of the felony beyond reasonable doubt,” it stated.
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