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Sandiganbayan suspends Iloilo mayor Palabrica for 90 days

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Dingle, Iloilo Mayor Rufino Palabrica III has been suspended for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan 6th Division.

The anti-graft court issued the suspension order due to graft charges he is facing concerning the issuance of business permits to his drug store.

In its order, the court directed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to implement Palabrica’s suspension.

The case stemmed from the issuance of a business permit in favor of the Farmacia Francisca which he ons.

The Office of the Ombudsman which filed the case cited that the lease contract Palabrica signed as both lessor and lessee.

Under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the Ombudsman stressed that a public officer is prohibited from having a direct or indirect financial or pecuniary interest in any business, contract or transaction within which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity in connection with such interest.