Valdez camp acts vs graft raps

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


LAWYER Adoniram Pamplona, counsel for former Bacolod City Mayor Luzviminda Valdez, said they filed a motion to remand before the Sandiganbayan pertaining to the indictment if his client for multiple counts of graft.

A remand is an action taken by an appellate court in which it sends back a case to the trial court or lower appellate court for further action. A case is said to be "remanded" when the superior court returns or sends back the case to the lower court. Also, a court may be said to retry the case "on remand."

Pamplona said over Aksyon Radyo Bacolod that they also filed a motion for reconsideration on the four cases faced by the former city mayor.

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Valdez could not be reach for comment as of press time.

The former mayor, who served as chief executive of Bacolod from 2001 to 2004, was indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman on four counts each of graft and malversation of public funds for allegedly defrauding the city by falsifying receipts of her expenses in 2004.

Valdez, also a former councilor and vice mayor, was accused of tampering pharmacy receipts to show that an item that cost only P9.20 was worth P30,920, and another item that cost P65, was P50,065, based on records of the city's Mobile Health Clinic program retrieved by the Commission on Audit.

Another receipt for P95.25 under the Barangay Health Program was falsified to show the amount of P68,095.25.

Also, an original cash slip of P510 from the Sta. Fe Resort and Restaurant was tampered to come up with a receipt amounting to P19,350.

A liquidation report on meals and accommodations show total expenses of P135,000 when the amount paid was only P3,253.

The Ombudsman recommended that the former mayor be held without bail on three of the four malversation charges.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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