• Former Samar mayor, 2 others face graft raps

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    THE Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft case before the Sandiganbayan against former Mayor Alejandro Abarratigue of Hinabangan, Western Samar and two others over the alleged purchase of a lot in 2008.

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    Charged along with Abarratigue were then-Municipal Treasurer Raul Tapia and then-Administrative Officer II Analiza Bagro.

    The Ombudsman recommended P30,000 bail each for the respondents.

    It alleged that Abarratigue and Tapia, with Bagro, “cause[d]undue injury to the government in the amount of at least” P500,000 “by purchasing Lot 387-E…without the authority from the Sangguniang Bayan of Hinabangan, Samar…”

    Abarratigue allegedly signed a disbursement voucher approving the payment to a certain Ofelia Abarracoso.
    The Ombudsman added that “Tapia certified as to the availability of funds in” the disbursement voucher and signed the check.

    Based on a statement earlier issued by the Ombudsman, the purchase of the lot was for the expansion of the town’s cemetery.

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