• Parañaque mayor faces plunder, graft charges

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    Parañaque City Mayor Olivarez and several others were charged with plunder and graft at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the supposed granting of tax discounts to the “Wenceslao Group” in 2013.

    Also charged were former members the city council Rufino Allanigue, John Ryan Yllana, Merlies Antipuesto, Vincent Kenneth Favis, Florencia Amurao, Brillante Inciong, Roselle Nava-Tan, Joan Villafuerte, Maritess de Asis, and Jacqueline Bustamante-Mendoza.

    Rommel Frias, former city legal officer, and Anthony Pulmano, former city treasurer were also indicted.

    “It bears to emphasize that this undue benefits and advantages are detrimental to the constituents of Parañaque City, which…has lost a total of P453,374,700.68 in the form of discount given to the private respondent Wenceslao Group. A perusal of the draft compromise agreement approved by the members of the SP [or Sangguniang Panlungsod], will reveal all of this undue advantages and further exacerbated by the actual payment and discount given,” complainant Jonathan Bernardo, who identified himself as a resident of Parañaque City, said in his complaint.

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