Sandiganbayan suspends Saranggani provincial execs

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The  Sandiganbayan ordered the 90-day preventive suspension  against Sarangani Provincial Agricultural Development Officer Sittiehawa Marohomsalic and Budget Officer Wahid Diama  for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The case involved irregularities in the award and distribution of 15,000 pieces of ABC My Practice Book II worth P1,500,000.00 in 2003.

In a five-page Resolution, the Sandiganbayan reiterated that “preventive suspension is proper to prevent the accused from committing further acts of malfeasance while in office. For as long as the anti-graft charge against the accused remains in litigation, without distinction as to stage of the proceeding, by the literal and clear provision of said law, suspension pendente lite is availing.”

The court also directed that a copy of the Resolution be transmitted to the office of the Governor of Sarangani for implementation of the suspension order.-ezc/Newsline.ph

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