QUEZON CITY, 9March2016 (BicolToday.com) – Lray Villafuerte, former Governor of Camarines Sur, is scheduled to attend trial at the Sandiganbayan today Wednesday until Friday, for graft and corruption charges regarding the alleged anomalous purchases of fuel amounting to PhP20 million, equivalent to about 500,000 liters, that were allegedly consumed in three (3) months.
With Villafuerte mandated to appear before the Sandiganbayan is the gasoline station owner whom the alleged fuel purchases had been transacted during Villafuerte’s term as governor.
Villafuerte is on temporary liberty having posted bail at the Sandiganbayan.
The trial of Villafuerte before the Sandiganbayan was recommended by the Ombudsman after finding probable cause during investigation of the complaint filed by Carlo Batalla, a former provincial board member of Camarines Sur. (See related news link: Sandiganbayan to resume trial on ex-governor L-Ray Villafuerte of Camarines Sur this March – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2016/02/17/sandiganbayan-to-resume-trial-on-ex-governor-l-ray-villafuerte-of-camarines-sur-this-march/).
Former board member Batalla, who filed the complaint, is also the secretary-general of the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW).
The Citizens Crime Watch is a citizen volunteer anti-corruption group which monitors the conduct and performance of public officials in dispensing their assigned tasks and proper use of public funds. (See related news link: Citizen Crime Watch to probe deeper over Camarines Sur questionable public funds use, expenditures – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2016/02/05/citizen-crime-watch-to-probe-deeper-over-camarines-sur-questionable-public-funds-use-expenditures/). [BicolToday.com]