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Milagrosa Tan’s arraignment set in June

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Samar Representative Milagrosa Tan is set to be arraigned before the Sandiganbayan 7th Division this June 1.

The anti-graft court set the date after it affirmed it ruling which denied her motion seeking to dismiss the charges against her.

Tan has been charged with eight counts of graft and five counts of malversation over the alleged anomalous purchases which took place in 2007 when she was still governor of the province.

However, she claimed her constitutional right for the speedy disposition of her case was violated by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Given the circumstances prevailing in the cases at present, we do not deem as vexatious, capricious, or oppressive the length of time it took for the Ombudsman to complete its preliminary investigation and to file the [case] informations,” read the court’s resolution.

Under the charges, she is accused of taking advantage of her position in giving warranted advantage to Zybermed Medi Pharma for the purchase of various drugs, medicines, and dental supplies in 2007.

Not only that Pasig City-based firm is not licensed to operate a business in Catbalogan City, the Ombudsman pointed out the purchases were unnecessary.

The Commission on Audit (COA) had issued a notice of disallowance (ND) over the purchases which it declared as “unnecessary and non-responsive to the exigencies of the service.”