Ex-PCGG chief appeals conviction


Former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio appealed before the Supreme Court (SC) his conviction in two graft cases in connection with two deals for the lease of service vehicles.

Sabio filed a petition for review on certiorari at the high court, a copy of which was provided the anti-graft court.

In June, the Sandiganbayan’s First Division found Sabio guilty and sentenced him to six up to 10 years imprisonment with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

Sabio, in his motion for reconsideration, argued that the “subject lease agreements did not have to undergo the mandatory requirements of the procurement process and implementation set forth” in Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act).

He added that the PCGG chairman’s acts are presumptively the chief executive’s acts, unless disapproved by the latter.

But the anti-graft court affirmed its ruling in a resolution promulgated in August.

The two graft cases stemmed from two lease deals amounting to P12 million involving five vehicles entered into with the UCPB Leasing and Finance Corporation (ULFC) through negotiated procurement without public bidding.

Sabio was charged along with former PCGG Commissioners Tereso Javier, Narciso Nario, and Nicasio Conti in 2012.

In 2014, the court dismissed the charges against Conti, Nario and Javier.


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