CIDG arrests Samal former Mayor Antalan for bribery

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DAVAO CITY (November 15)  — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 11 arrested Tuesday  Aniano Antalan, the  former mayor of the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) in  his residence in Barangay Miranda, Babak District.

Antalan, 78, is facing three counts of  indirect bribery and two counts in violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

But Antalan was granted his temporary liberty after posting P30,000 bail,

Antalan was arrested by virtue of the  warrant of arrest issued by the  17th Division of the Sandiganbayan  last  October 22.

But according to Chief Inspector Milgrace Cajes Driz, CIDG-Davao City Field Unit chief, Antalan  voluntarily surrendered on Tuesday morning, November 13, and was placed under the custody of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Davao region (CIDG-11).

The Ombudsman records show, in 2012,  Antalan who was Mayor then, signed  the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the local government of Igacos and a partylist Coop-National Confederation of Cooperatives and the Samal Island Multi-purpose Cooperative (SIMC) for the implementation of micro-finance projects in 2012.

Graft investigators found that SIMC gave PHP200,000 as a “gift” to Antalan.

Antalan allegedly received a cash gift  from COOP-NATCCO amounting to P200,000, an accusation he  he vehemently denied.

The former Mayor said, he will prove his innocence before the court.

He theorized that his political rivals are behind the case because he is running for mayor in the 2019 midterm elections.

The Sandiganbayan found Antalan guilty of grave misconduct.

Antalan  was mayor of IGACOS from 2012 to 2016.-ezc/NewsLine.ph

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