The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division has found probable cause to try the graft and malversation cases against former Municipal Mayor Angel Peliglorio Jr. of Mariveles, Bataan and businessman Cedric Lee.
On Friday afternoon, Lee posted bail for P70,000 after an arrest warrant was earlier issued by the anti-graft court based on two separate rulings dated July 24.
“After personally reading and meticulously evaluating the above-enumerated documents, the Court finds the existence of probable cause that the crimes have been committed and that the accused Peliglorio is probably guilty thereof,” the court said.
“The arguments raised by accused Peliglorio in his motion for judicial determination of probable cause, specifically his claim that it was not his signature which appears on the letter dated March 27, 2007, are matters of defense which should be threshed out and established during the trial of these cases,” it added.
In a separate ruling, the court denied Lee’s motion for reinvestigation and to hold in abeyance the is-suance of an arrest warrant.
To remand the cases to the office would be “an exercise in futility” and “would only unduly delay” the proceedings, the court said.
In 2005, Peliglorio allegedly authorized the release of the municipality’s funds to Izumo Contractors, Inc. in the amount of P23.47 million for a public market that was supposedly never built.
Lee, who is accused of beating TV host and comedian Vhong Navarro, heads the said firm as President and CEO.