Former Masbate mayor faces graft charges

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MASBATE CITY – The Ombudsman is filing graft charges against a former town mayor accused of incurring cash advances of more than P26 million during his tenure.

To be charged with malversation of public funds before the Sandiganbayan is former Mayor Bernardito Abapo of Milagros, Masbate.

In a statement, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez said she ordered the filing of graft charges against Abapo for incurring some P26,509,594 in cash advances that state auditors said have remained “unliquidated.”

Abapo, who was at the helm of the municipal government of Milagros from 1998 until 2007, incurred the cash advances between January 2002 and December 2004, according to the Ombudsman’s resolution.

Abapo was not immediately reached for comment on the filing of charges against him before the anti-graft court. But his former aides talked to local media, insisting the disbursements of the amount were supported by documents. (Ernie Delgado)

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