By Joey Natividad
SORSOGON CITY, 15-May-2013 (BicolToday.com) – Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee, who is seeking re-election last Monday, but is trailing behind challenger Eric Dioneda as of Wednsday, is facing two warrants of arrest in connection to alleged anomalies committed during his term of office.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has ordered Raul Lee and other persons arrested in connection with two graft charges filed against them by the Office of the Ombudsman, reports reached BicolToday.com on Wednesday.
The case came out from the alleged anomalous purchase of electronic products worth P22 million in 2004 and 2005 without public bidding.
The anti-graft court recommended a P30,000 bail bond for each accused for each case. The Bureau of Immigration was also furnished hold departure orders last April 24
Associate Justice Roland B. Jurado of the anti-graft court signed on May 7 the warrants against Lee and were sent to 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.
According to probers, Lee and others allegedly 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.” [BicolToday.com]