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Graft court clears Maguindanao mayor of malversation due to lack of evidence

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THE ANTI-graft court has dismissed for lack of evidence the charges of falsification of public documents and malversation of public funds against Mayor Datu Sajid Islam U. Ampatuan over P77 million worth of construction materials to non-existent suppliers. Mr. Ampatuan, who was among those acquitted in the Ampatuan massacre case, is mayor of the town of Shariff Saydona Mustapha in Maguindanao province. “The prosecution’s evidence is insufficient… insofar as accused Ampatuan is concerned, considering that such evidence failed to establish his participation, much less, the precise degree of his participation in the alleged falsification of the documents subject of said cases,” reads the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division’s resolution dated February 7. The court said the prosecution failed to prove the non-existence of the suppliers as well as his participation in the questioned transactions. The Sandiganbayan also ordered the lifting of the hold departure order against Mr. Ampatuan. — Genshen L. Espedido









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