Samar Rep. Milagrosa Tan gets 115 years imprisonment for P16.1-M graft

Manila, Philippines - Samar Second District Rep. Milagrosa Tan was convicted for eight counts of graft in connection with the anomalous purchase of emergency supplies for typhoon victims in 2001.

Sandigangbayan Fourth Division sentenced Tan to up to 115 years in prison or a minimum of eight years to maximum of 15 years for seven counts of the charges and six to 10 years for the other case.

Tan was disqualified for her application to run for governor anew in the May elections, from holding to public office.

However, her candidacy remains valid pending. A bail of P240,000 was recommended while she is appealing her conviction.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed the case in 2006 based on the complaint of Fr. Noel Labendia, the parish priest of the Diocese of Calbayog and founding leader of Isog Han Samar Movement.

The case stemmed from the provincial government's procurement of medicine, t-shirts, cement, and electric fans worth P16.2 million for the victims of Typhoon Kidang without public bidding.

Source: GMA news,philstar

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