Ex-Rizal mayor faces usurpation case

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The Office of the Ombudsman has charged before the Sandiganbayan the former mayor of Rodriguez, Rizal province, Pedro Cuerpo, with usurpation of the authority of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

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Based on the charge sheet, Cuerpo allegedly authorized private vehicles to operate as public utility vehicles (PUVs) within the municipality in 2006.

Assistant Special Prosecutor II Peter Jedd Boco said that the former mayor “under pretense, and taking advantage, of his official functions, occasioned by a public meeting with members of the Sangguniang Bayan [Municipal Council] and transport sector representatives, did then and there wilfully, unlawfully and feloniously usurp the official functions of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, by issuing Temporary Permits to Operate and or franchises to private vehicles, for a fee…without being lawfully entitled to do so, to the prejudice of public interest.”

Usurpation of official functions is punishable under Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code.

The Ombudsman recommended a P10,000 bail for his provisional liberty.

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