Sandiganbayan suspends Bulacan city councilor

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DAVAO CITY (May 27) — The Sandiganbayan ordered the 90-day  preventive suspension  of Sangguniang Panlungsod member Nolly Concepcion of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

Concepcion is facing trial for violation of Usurpation of Official Function under Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code.

The Office of the Ombudsman found that under the pretense of official position, Concepcion unlawfully discharged the functions of vice-mayor from September 2009 to October 2009 despite orders from the Department of the Interior and Local Government directing him to relinquish the position of vice-mayor and revert back to his original position as city councilor.

In the Sandiganbayan Resolution, the court stated that “the court possesses no discretion to determine whether a preventive suspension is necessary to forestall the possibility that the accused may use his office to intimidate witnesses, or frustrate his prosecution, or continue committing malfeasance. The presumption is that unless the accused is suspended, he may frustrate the prosecution of the case, commit further acts of malfeasance, or do both.”-NewsLine.ph

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