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Iloilo Mayor Centena gets away with paying P5,000 for anomalous purchase of fertilizers worth P1M

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Calinog, Iloilo Mayor Alex Centena has been fined with P5,000 by the Sandiganbayan 7th Division over the anomalous purchase of fertilizers.

The anti-graft court imposed the fine after Centena pleaded guilty for failure of accountable officer to render accounts.

Centena underwent a plea bargain for a lesser offense after earlier pleading “not guilty” for graft which carries heavier penalties.

“The Court has satisfied itself that the accused has fully understood the nature and consequence of their change of plea. Let a plea of guilty be re-entered into the record of the case,” ruled the court.

The case stemmed from the purchase of 666 bottles of fertilizers worth P999,000.

The Office of the Ombudsman which filed the case alleged there were irregularities in the purchase including the absence of public bidding.