Romualdos of Camiguin face plunder raps-A A +A
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
CAGAYAN DE ORO – Camiguin Representative Pedro Romualdo, his son Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, along with 12 other government employees are facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in Cagayan de Oro City.
The complaint was filed by Misamis Oriental former governor Homobono Adaza, Rita Gallardo, Luisito Ucab, Angustia Jadman, Raul Llacuna, Michael Kho and Manny Jaudian.
The officials who were charged with plunder and have been allegedly involved in graft and corruption also allegedly violated the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for public officials and employees.
Plunder, as defined and penalized under Republic Act 7080, is taking undue advantage of official position, authority, connection or influence to unjustly enrich himself or themselves at the expense and to the damage of prejudice of the Filipino people and the misappropriation, conversion and malversation of public funds.
In the affidavit, the complainants alleged that the Romualdos built a political dynasty characterized by criminal activities. It added that the Romualdos “have acquired illegal and immense wealth with an estimated value of P500 million to P1 billion.”
In a press briefing Monday, Adaza said this is only the start of the many battles to fight against political dynasty that dominated and ruled Camiguin Island for almost 25 years.
“We’re doing a battle against political dynasty not only for Camiguin but for the whole country as well,” said Adaza, adding that another case will be filed next week.
Adaza is running for governor of Camiguin province under the Liberal Party in the coming May elections.
In May 2010, Governor Romualdo along with several of his followers were involved in a mauling incident of two Cagayan de Oro media men, Herbert Hugo Dumaguing and his son Hubert.
Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to reach the Romualdos for comment, but to no avail. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 06, 2013.