NegOcc VM gets 10 years for graft


Ilog Vice Mayor John Paul Alvarez was found guilty by the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division of graft and sentenced with a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

The case stemmed from a case filed by the Ombudsman in 2004 against Alvarez and five others as members of the municipal Bids and Awards committee that awarded a contract worth P98,500 to Miasar Car Care to repair and replace the engine of a Mitsubishi Pajero, the service vehicle of the Department of Education of Ilog I.

Others found guilty were Municipal Engineer Manuel Sitchon, Planning Officer Elbert Magbato, Budget Officer Hegel Dumadia, Municipal Treasurer Alberto Gidalanon, and District Supervisor Arsenia Jaunero.

In a December 6 decision penned by Associate Justices Karl Miranda, Sarah Jane Fernandez, and Michael Frederick Musngi, the Ombudsman said the respondents gave “unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference” to Miasar Car Care.

The repair work was awarded without competitive bidding, it also said.

Alvarez is eyeing for the mayoral post in the 2019 May elections.