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Ex-Iloilo mayor Torres convicted for misusing P250K

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Former Tigbauan, Iloilo mayor Myrna Torres has been convicted over the misuse of P250,000 of funds in 2002.

The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division has issued a decision which found Torres and her co-accused, then municipal treasurer Manuel Tabalada Jr., guilty of graft and malversation.

The case stemmed from the P250,000 released by the President’s Social Fund (PSF) meant for socio-civic projects.

“In this case, both Torres and Tablada took advantage of the positions to facilitate the encashment of the check. Testimonial and documentary pieces of evidence presented before this Court point to the fact that the unity of action of Torres and Tabalada made possible the misappropriation of the PSF assistance,” read the decision.

The anti-graft court refuted the claims of Torres that the funds was used as intended since it was discovered that the money was only later deposited in the government’s bank account in 2007.

“The foregoing clearly refutes accused Torres’ claims that the intended recipient benefitted from the President’s financial assistance,” the court ruled.

The two accused were sentenced to suffer imprisonment ranging from 6 to 8 years for the graft case, and 2 to 4 years for the malversation.

They were also meted with perpetual disqualification from holding public office and were ordered to jointly pay the find of P250,000.