• Maliksi seeks dismissal of graft case

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    Former Cavite Governor Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi wants the graft charge filed against him for an alleged irregular procurement of P2.5-million worth of medicines in 2003 dismissed. He argued that the “inordinate delay of about nine years” by the Office of the Ombudsman to resolve his case already violated his right to due process and speedy disposition of cases. “The unexplained inaction on the part of the Ombudsman for nine long years has caused prejudice to the Accused, who had been waiting and feeling uncertain about the outcome of the case,” it read. In 2003, the province of Cavite entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for the pur-chase of medicine under a P10-million grant. But procurement was allegedly made three months before the first portion of the grant for the purchase of medicines was released. Maliksi explained that he resorted to an emergency purchase to respond to a specific situation. HOmbudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, after an investigation, found “no imminent danger to life and/or property that ought to have been prevented” when the medicines were purchased in time for the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) National Convention in 2002.

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