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SC rules with finality against ex-Iloilo mayor Locsin petition

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The Supreme Court denied with finality the appeal of former Janiuay, Iloilo mayor Frankie Locsin to reconsider his conviction of graft.

“…(A)nd considering that the basic issues have already been passed upon to warrant a modification of this Court’s resolution, the Court resolves to deny reconsideration with finality,” portion of the decision read.

Locsin’s case stemmed from the procurement of medicines by the local government of Janiuay using P15 million from Sen. Vicente Sotto III’s Priority Development Assistance Fund in 2001.

The medical supply contract was awarded to AM Europharma, whose supplier’s accreditation was suspended by the Department of Health.

Aside from Locsin, the Sandiganbayan First Division also convicted accountant Carlos Moreno Jr., budget officer Ramon Tirador, treasurer Luzviminda Figueroa, Ricardo Minurtio, and Rodrigo Villanueva.

The anti-graft court sentenced them to six to 10 years in prison and perpetual disqualification from public office.