Sandigan postpones Singson arraignment

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FORMER Gov. Luis Singson of Ilocos Sur province has questioned the filing of a graft case against him, saying that the lawsuit had slept for more than a decade and was simply resurrected.

After the court proceeding at the Sandiganbayan Third Division, Singson quizzed prosecutors as to the timing of the graft charges.

“I don’t know how they revived the case,” Singson told media after the deferment of his arraignment on Wednesday.

According to the Office of the Ombudsman, Singson entered into four memoranda of agreement with Multi-Line Food Processing International Inc. between February and June 2001 for the release of financial assistance amounting to P9.18 million, P4 million, P3 million, and P8 million.


Singson recalled that the complaint against him was filed before the Ombudsman in December 2002. However, it was only ten years later that the anti-graft agency directed him to file his counter-affidavits.

In July 2013, the Ombudsman finally resolved the case and recommended that graft cases be indicted against Singson and former Gov. Deogracias Savellano.

Singson said the case should be dismissed because it has already dragged for a decade.
“The recipients received the money. All was accounted for,” he said.

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