Ex-Camarines Norte gov, 4 others face graft raps

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The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Camarines Norte Gov. Jesus Typoco Jr. and four others over the alleged anomalous award of a contract for the supply of vegetable seeds in 2004.

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Named respondents along with Typoco for two counts of graft were former provincial officials – accountant Maribeth Malaluan, treasurer Lorna Coreses, agriculturist Rodolfo Salamero and Jose Rene Ruidera, officer-in-charge of the General Services Office.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II Rowena Vidad alleged that Typoco, in “conspiring and confederating” with Malaluan, Coreses, Salamero and Ruidera, gave unwarranted benefits, advantage and preference to MDB Agrovet and General Merchandise (MDB).

The graft case stemmed from alleged anomalous contracts for the supply of Pilipinas Kaneko vegetable seeds amounting to P499,917 on February 24, 2004 and P499,750 on March 11, 2004 which were awarded to MDB without public bidding.

In both charge sheets, Typoco Jr. and his co-respondents were accused of “facilitating, processing and certifying the payment to MDB despite the knowledge that the transaction was marred with irregularities, to the damage and prejudice of the Provincial Government of Camarines Norte…”

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