The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has ordered the arrest of re-electionist Sorsogon governor Raul Lee and several others in connection with two graft charges filed against them by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The case stemmed from the alleged anomalous purchase of electronic products worth P22 million in 2004 and 2005 without public bidding.
A P30,000 bail bond for each accused was recommended for each case. Hold departure orders were also issued by the anti-graft court last April 24 and furnished to the Bureau of Immigration.
Associate Justice Roland B. Jurado signed the warrants against Lee last May 7, copies of which have already been sent to arresting authorities.
In the first case, Lee’s co-accused are provincial general services officer Teresita Dagnalan-Paladin; inspection officer Manuel Serrano Laurora; accounting clerk Felicisimo Brondial and businessman Enrico Velasco of First Education and Training Ventures Inc., private defendant.
In the second graft charge, named co-defendants were Paladin; provincial legal officer Antonio Huab; provincial assessor Florencio Diño II; officer-in-charge of budget Rosie Agnis; and provincial engineer Arnie de Vera.
Graft investigators said the defendants conspired in causing undue injury to the province through the purchase of P12 million worth of distance learning equipment in March 2004 and P9.99 million worth of defective computer hardware and software in October 2005 both without conducting a public bidding.
Lee, who ran under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), was trailing behind rival Eric Dioneda in unofficial counts as of Tuesday night.
Based on GMA’s Eleksyon 2013 partial unofficial tally as of 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lee has 76,479 votes compared to Dioneda’s 77,340 with 61.76 percent of Sorsogon election returns canvassed. — KBK, GMA News