Mayor Alaba faces graft charges over shunned contruction firm

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Loboc Mayor Helen Alaba is facing graft charges after the Office of the Ombudsman proceeded with a probe into a complaint involving a construction firm.

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the Bohol politiko to answer the complaint filed by engineer Nilo Sarigumba.

Sarigumba accused Alaba of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, when she denied his firm’s request to purchase bid documents in relation to two projects.

He also accused Alaba of violating President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order on freedom of information (FOI).

Through his lawyer, Sarigumba requested to know why his request to purchase bid documents was denied.

But Alaba rejected this, saying she cannot provide them because no local ordinance has been passed to enforce the FOI EO.