• Ex-mayor, Cedric Lee face cases

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    The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday filed charges against former Municipal Mayor Angel Peliglorio Jr. of Mariveles, Bataan and businessman Cedric Lee for alleged violation of the anti-graft law and for malversation under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code.

    The cases stemmed from the release of the municipality’s funds in 2005 for the construction of a public market, which allegedly was never implemented.

    In filing the malversation case, the anti-graft office alleged that Peliglorio Jr. conspired with Lee and allowed “the taking by accused Lee of said public funds in the amount of PhP23,470,500.00” representing Mariveles’ bank loan proceeds.

    Peliglorio allegedly authorized the release of the funds to Izumo Contractors, Inc.

    Lee, who is accused of beating TV host and comedian Vhong Navarro, heads the said firm as President and CEO.

    The amount was allegedly released upon Lee’s request “without procedural safeguards, guarantee of performance, and in violation of Commission on Audit rules,” as advance payment for the construction of the Mariveles Public Market.

    But the construction “never commenced,” the anti-graft office said.

    The anti-graft office further alleged that the amount was later “debited from the Municipality’s Internal Revenue Allotment account, in payment of the said loan.”

    Assistant Special Prosecutor III Anna Isabel Aurellano recommended a P30,000 bail each in the graft case and P40,000 each in the malversation case for their temporary liberty.

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