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Harapin mo kaso mo! Sandiganbayan won’t junk graft raps vs. Floirendo

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The Sandiganbayan 6th Division has refused to dismiss the graft charge against Davao del Norte Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. concerning the alleged anomalous land lease deal between the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation (TADECO) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

The anti-graft court has issued a resolution ordering to proceed with his trial as it turned his motion to quash the graft case against him.

“At this point, there is no need to look into matters beyond the four corners of the information. This Court finds that the facts charged in the Information sufficiently allege the essential elements of the second mode of violation of Sec. 3(h) of R.A. No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” the court ruled.

The graft case stemmed from the complaint filed by Davao 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez who accused Floirendo of having “a direct financial or pecuniary interest” in the deal under a 2003 multi-million peso joint venture agreement (JVA) which allowed TADECO to lease from the BuCor a 5,000-hectare land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DAPECOL) in Davao del Norte as a banana plantation.

Alvarez said the Constitution prohibits a lawmaker to intervene in any government contracts before any agency for his pecuniary benefit during his term of office.

The Speaker alleged TADECO has as its major stockholder Floirendo’s family and Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) which also has large shares from the same family.

He indicated that when the 2003 JVA was reached Floirendo was still representative of the 2nd District of Davao del Norte.