• Hagedorn, 4 others face graft charges

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    Former Puerto Princesa City mayor Edward Hagedorn and four other former city officials are facing a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with P60.57 million that he allegedly reimbursed from the city.

    Likewise named respondents are lawyer and former City administrator Agustin Rocamora, former City Budget officer Ruben Francisco, former City accountant Nanette Dario, and former City treasurer Armando Abrea.

    “Aforementioned respondents, in conspiracy with each another, committed the crimes of (a) Plunder, (b) Violation of Sec. 3(e) of R.A. [Republic Act] 3019 and (c) Malversation thru Falsification of Public Documents,” said the complainants in a 13-page document filed on Thursday morning. RA 3019 is the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

    The complainants, Oscar Lapida Jr. who identified himself as a resident of Barangay Irawan in Puerto Princesa City and Chairman Martin Diño of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption asked the Ombudsman to investigate and to file charges against the respondents before the Sandiganbayan.

    Lapida and Diño used the Commission on Audit’s (COA) annual audit report on the City of Puerto Princesa for 2012 as basis for the complaint.

    Diño told reporters that the filing of the complaint had nothing to do with next year’s elections, saying that the COA report was released only last year.

    “Wala akong alam sa political plans niya (Hagedorn). Basta ang alam namin, itong complaint ay supported by evidence. Wala kaming concern kung ano man ang political career ng respondent [I don’t know anything about his (Hagedorn’s) political plans. All I know is, this complaint is supported by evidence. We are not concerned about the political plan of the respondent],” he added.

    In the complaint, they alleged that Hagedorn allegedly unjustly enriched himself with the total amount of P60,567,071 that he supposedly reimbursed himself.

    Based on the complaint, Hagedorn allegedly made reimbursements of up to P14.664 million for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses, P8 million for financial assistance, P9.82 for donations, P5.8 million for “Expenses for Special Activities,” “Southsea Exclusive Phils,” and “Ms. Earth Philippines, among others.

    Further, the complainants said that Rocamora, Francisco, Dario, and Abrea allegedly helped Hagedorn withdraw the said sum from the city’s three bank accounts maintained in Land Bank and two accounts maintained in the Philippine Veteran’s Bank.

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