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Sandiganbayan denies ex-Leyte mayor Villasin’s bid to drop charges

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The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division has turned down the motion of former Barugo, Leyte mayor Juliana Acuin Villasin who sought leave to challenge the evidence presented by the prosecution against her during her graft trial.

“After a careful study of the testimonial and documentary evidence adduced by the prosecution, the Court finds no basis to grant movants’ leave of court to file their demurrer to evidence,” read the anti-graft court’s resolution.

“The Court finds that the evidence adduced by the prosecution, both testimonial and documentary, appear to be prima facie sufficient to sustain a conviction, unless successfully rebutted by defense evidence,” it added.

This means Villasin will have to present her defense at the trial which concerns her alleged involvement in the 2004 fertilizer scam.

She can still file a demurrer to evidence but waives her right to present her defense in the trial.

The case stemmed from the 2004 purchase of 3,900 liters of fertilizers from Bals Enterprises worth P1,879,090.72.

However, the deal allegedly violated the procurements laws by failing to participate in the municipality’s bids and awards committee (BAC) and making reference to the brand name Fil-Ocean in the invitation to bid.