3 Cases Filed Against Congresswoman Cerilles Finally Dismissed
Former Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Governor now Second Congressional District Representative Congresswoman Aurora Enerio- Cerilles was officially cleared from the 3 cases filed against her for the alleged graft and corruption practices.
Just recently, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed charges of malversation of public funds through negligence that were filed against former Zamboanga del Sur Governor Aurora Enerio-Cerilles after the anti-graft court ruled that she was not an “accountable officer of funds” for Zamboanga del Sur when she was still governor of the province.
Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg of the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division stated that Cerilles was not an “accountable officer who had custody and control of the funds or property of the province by reason of her office.”
Cerilles was accused by Domingo Mirrar and Eutiquio Famor of the alleged malversation of public funds through negligence for paying Baganian Broadcasting Corporation, a local radio station, advertisement fee amounting to P483,840 on March 21, 2005.
“Dismissing the case against the accused for palpable want of probable cause not only spares the accused from expenses, rigor and embarrassment of trial. It also prevents needless wastes of the courts’ time and saves the precious resources of the government including that of the office of the Ombudsman”, the court said.
In addition, the anti-graft court has also dismissed the case filed against Congresswoman Cerilles of the alleged irregular purchase of medical supplies worth P6.88 million in 2011 because of “inordinate delay” on the part of the Office of the Ombudsman.
In a resolution penned by Associate Justice Samuel Martires, the third division of the Sandiganbayan pointed out that it took the Ombudsman 8 years to resolve the complaint, thus violating the defendants’ right to due process and found the accused cleared of the case.
Lastly, the Sandiganbayan also has dismissed another case due to the “inordinate delay” of the Office of the Ombudsman in resolving the case.
In an 11-page resolution released yesterday, the first division of the anti-graft court cleared Zamboanga del Sur Second District Representative Aurora Cerilles of graft over the alleged anomalous procurement of solar powered street lamps amounting to P14.9 million when she was governor in 2008.
Provincial bids and awards committee members Rino Soria, Mark Anthony Padayhag, Wenefreda Cañada and Evelyn Panuncialman were also cleared of the charges.
The Sandiganbayan said the ombudsman violated the constitutional right of the respondents to a speedy disposition of cases when it took five years to resolve the complaint and file the case in court thus dismissing the case.