Sandiganbayan convicts Leyte mayor of graft over illegal procurement of vehicles
Sandiganbayan convicts Leyte mayor of graft over illegal procurement of vehicles


Albuera, Leyte Mayor Sixto de la Victoria is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has convicted Albuera, Leyte Mayor Sixto de la Victoria of graft and sentenced him to 6 years in jail for approving the procurement of service vehicles without public bidding.

In another ruling on a similar case, the court meted a P5,000-fine to former Capiz governor Vicente Bermejo over charges of extending undue favor to a vehicle supplier.

A graft case was filed against De la Victor in 2012 for giving unwarranted advantage to 877 Motors Corporation on the purchase of a military-type Jeep worth P350,000 in 2003. 

Though the procurement was authorized by the Sangguniang Bayan, the Sandiganbayan Second Division pointed out that the mayor simply requested 877 Motors Corporation for a quotation, then bought the vehicle even if another dealer offered the same vehicle at a lower price. 

“Accused De la Victoria’s resort to direct contracting was not justified as there is actually a suitable substitute available at a lower price and in a better condition,” the court said.

Aside from serving a prison term, De la Victoria has been perpetually barred from holding a government position.

Bermejo was accused in 2018 of extending undue favor to Philippine Pan Subic Ventures Incorporated. The company won the P1.95-million contract to supply the Capiz government with 3 Mitsubishi Pajeros and one Isuzu Elf in 2007. 

Before his case went on trial, Bermejo struck a plea bargain deal with the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which got him just a P5,000-fine and no jail time.

Under the deal, he pleaded guilty  to the lesser offense of prohibited acts of financial and material interest in a government transaction, under Section 7 (a) of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. –


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