Former Caloocan metropolis mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri faces a graft trial on the Sandiganbayan over an allegedly anomalous P1.962-million drainage project with out prior authorization of the Sanggunian Panlungsod.
This after the Sandiganbayan Third Division discovered possible trigger to strive Echiverri for one rely of graft for violation of Section three(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The court docket discovered possible trigger as early as March 10 and issued an arrest warrant towards Echiverri and his co-accused. But Echiverri filed a movement for judicial dedication of possible trigger on March 19, which the court docket handled because the accused’s movement for reconsideration to the court docket’s earlier ruling.
In its decision promulgated April 20, the court docket mentioned it discovered “no cogent reason” to reverse its earlier decision discovering the existence of possible trigger to proceed with trial.
The court docket mentioned the difficulty whether or not Echiverri dedicated graft in granting the P1.962-million drainage project to Golden 3T Construction with out the Sanggunian’s authorization was a matter of protection “best ventilated and passed upon during the trial of the case.”
The respondents’ protection that there was no conspiracy to commit graft was “premature,” as a result of the absence or presence of conspiracy was “evidentiary in nature and is a matter of defense” greatest threshed out in a full-blown trial, the court docket mentioned.
“Wherefore, the court maintains its finding of the existence of probable cause against accused movants,” it added. .
The court docket additionally denied the respondents’ motions to quash the arrest warrants and launch the bail bond they earlier posted.
Echieverri was on the Sandiganbayan premises final March 23 when he was served an arrest warrant by the Third Division. He instantly posted a P15,000 bail after the court docket agreed to scale back the quantity.
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The allegedly anomalous project was for the advance of the drainage system in Saplungan Street in Barangay (village) 179, Amparo subdivision in Caloocan metropolis got here with out the Sanggunian’s authorization, to the injury and prejudice of the federal government, prosecutors mentioned.
Echiverri’s co-accused former metropolis accountant Edna Centeno and metropolis price range officer Jesusa Garcia have been additionally charged with falsification of public paperwork for falsifying the allotment and obligation slips after they mentioned there was an appropriation for the project when in reality there was none.
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Echiverri faces a separate graft case earlier than the Sandiganbayan Second Division for the allegedly anomalous P2.751-million contract for the advance of Molave St. drainage system to E.V. & E. Construction additionally with out the Sanggunian’s authorization.
Echiverri is a former Caloocan consultant who misplaced his bid for mayor in final yr’s elections to Oscar Malapitan./ IDL/rga
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