Guilty nga! Sandiganbayan upholds ex-Quezon mayor Silang’s graft conviction
The Sandiganbayan 6TH Division has upheld the graft conviction of former Tayabas City, Quezon Mayor Faustino Silang concerning the anomalous release of P19.9 million worth of incentives for employees.
With this, the anti-graft court remain unmoved in sentencing Silang to imprisonment ranging from six to eight years.
Apart, from this Silang was meted with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
Records show that back in 2009, Silang, then-vice mayor Venerando Rea, and five former city councilors passed a supplemental budget for the collective negotiation agreement of employees despite the lack of the required number of affirmative votes from majority of the municipal council.
“It cannot be said that accused Silang, in approving the subject ordinance, merely relied on his subordinates,” the court ruled.
“The Sangguniang Panlungsod, which has the power to enact ordinances, is no more a subordinate of the City Mayor than the City Mayor, who has the power to approve ordinances enacted by the Sanggunian,” it pointed out.
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