Sandigan convicts Samar solon to 115 years for graft

THE Sandiganbayan Fourth Division yesterday found a Samar congresswoman guilty beyond reasonable doubt on eight counts of graft and sentenced her to a maximum of 115 years imprisonment.

The anti-graft division also ordered Rep. Milagrosa Tan to suffer perpetual disqualification from holding public office on the cases that stemmed from the alleged anomalous purchase of P16.1-million in emergency supplies for typhoon Kidang victims without a public bidding during her stint as the province’s governor.

The court sentenced Tan to a minimum of 62 years and maximum of 115 years imprisonment where she was ordered to suffer six to 10 years in jail term in one of the case and sentenced eight to 15 years imprisonment in each of the seven other cases.

Tan’s co-accused Rolando Montejo and Reynaldo Yabut were also found guilty beyond reasonable doubt by the anti-graft division while Romeo Reales, Maximo Sison, Jr, Aurelio Bardaje, Jr. and Numeriano Legaspi were acquitted.

Tan is running for governor again. She can still pursue her gubernatorial bid pending final ruling from the Supreme Court (SC).

To avoid imprisonment while appealing the verdict, the anti-graft court ordered Tan to post another P240,000 bail.

“The Sandiganbayan would always require the accused to double the bond for them to enjoy provisional liberty,” said Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, the division chairman.