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Cebu mayor Bacaltos convicted of graft for receiving P17K from PhilHealth

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Sibonga, Cebu mayor Lionel Bacaltos has been found guilty of graft for receiving honoraria from PhilHealth worth around P17,000.

“Public funds were disbursed by the Municipality of Sibongas, Cebu as payment for the accused’s honoraria from PhilHealth which he had no right to receive,” read the ruling of the Sandiganbayan 4th Division.

“There is no denying that undue injury was caused to the government by the accused’s unwarranted receipt of the amount,” it stressed.

Because of this, the Sandiganbayan 4th Division ordered him to indemnify the town of P17,512.50.

Bacaltos who was also proclaimed the winner in the town’s maoralty race was also meted with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

On the other hand, the accused may still file an appeal over his conviction.