Sandiganbayan clears Samar rep Mila Tan of raps over drugs purchase


Samar 2nd District Representative Milagrosa Tan has been acquitted of charges concerning the alleged anomalous 2007 purchase of drugs and medicines worth P69 million.

The Sandiganbayan 1st Division has issued a decision which acquitted her of eight graft charges and five counts of malversation due to the failure of the prosecution to prove her guilt.

“It has to be convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the drugs and medicines would have commanded lower prices compared to the prices at which they were bought,” the ant-graft court ruled.

Also acquitted are her co-accused, namely, Provincial Treasurer Bienvenido Zabala Zabanecio Jr., OIC-Provincial General Service Office Ariel Yboa and Supply Officer George Guarino Abrina.

The case stemmed from the purchase of drugs and medicines in 2007 from Zybermed Medi Pharma which were allegedly overpriced.

The Office of the Ombudsman which filed the charges alleged the supplier is also not licensed to operate its business in Catbalogan City, Samar and in Pasig City, where it is located.

The Commission on Audit (COA) also reported that the transactions were “unnecessary and non-responsive to the exigencies of the service” since there was no justification for the purchase of large quantities of drugs, medicines and dental supplies.