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Ombudsman indicts Mayor Leonardia, 2 others for graft

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The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and two other former city government officials for four counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Panay News reported.

The two others were Eduardo Ravena and Ricardo Dahildahil.

Their case stemmed from the purchase of fuel amounting to P49 million in 2009.

Citing the 2009 audit report of the Commission on Audit, complainant Sara Esguera said the city government made advance payments.

Esguera named former Bacolod City police director Ronilo Quebrar; former City Engineer’s Office head Belly Pelagio Aguillon; former Office of the Building Official chief Teresita Jalando-on Guadalupe; and Francis Albert Torres in her complain but they were dropped by the Ombudsman for lack of evidence.

The Ombudsman also junked her complaint of malversation of public funds against Leonardia, Ravena and Dahildahil for lack of probably cause