THE P532-million Macapagal Boulevard controversy is a step away from being decided on, with the private contractor making his final pitch in urging Sandiganbayan to exonerate him.
Jesusito Legaspi of JD Legaspi Construction, the winning bidder for the P532.93-million Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard project, asked the Sandiganbayan to dismiss him in the graft charge for the lack of sufficient evidence that will pin him down.
In his 141-page memorandum to the Sandiganbayan First Division, Legaspi said that no strong evidence could support his criminal indictment as he was only “wrongfully indicted” alongside former officials of the Public Estates Authority (PEA), now Philippine Reclamation Authority.
Legaspi’s memorandum signals that the case is a step towards anti-graft court magistrates finally deciding on a case. By procedure, all accused and the state are granted their final pitch to put their contentions through a memorandum.
In 2003, the Office of the Ombudsman charged Legaspi as the private individual in the construction of the main boulevard within the reclaimed area in Pasay City stretching to Parañaque City.
Former public individuals from the PEA include Carlos Doble, former general manager; Frisco San Juan, former chairman of the board; and former board members Carmelita de Leon-Chan, Daniel Dayan, Salvador Malbarosa, Leo Padilla, Elpidio Damaso for allegedly overpricing the boulevard.
Also indicted were Benjamin Cariño, General Manager Ernest Frederick Villareal; board Chairman Joemari Gerochi; and board members Angelito Villanueva, Martin Sanciego Jr. and Rodolfo Tuazon, all of whom occupied the positions at the time of the filing.