Ombudsman starts preliminary probe into raps filed vs Gov Defensor, town mayor


The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas will proceed with the formal investigation on the graft charges against outgoing Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Lemery Mayor Ligaya Apura.

Sarah Jo Vergara, acting director of the Case Records Evaluation, Monitoring, and Enforcement Bureau, informed former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada that his complaint has been submitted for preliminary investigation.

“These cases shall be assigned to an investigation officer who will act thereon accordingly,” Vergara’s letter dated April 24, 2019 read.

In April, Mejorada accused Defensor and Apura of alleged irregularities in the release of P1,480,015 for the repair and rehabilitation of five barangay roads.

In his six-page complaint, Mejorada charged Defensor and Apura with violation of Article No. 220 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) for technical malversation; violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; falsification of public documents under Article No. 171 of the RPC; grave misconduct; serious dishonesty; and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.